Thursday, November 16, 2017

Sign of the times "CLOSING".

I was in a store yesterday and I realized that they were playing Christmas music. At first I was thinking they must be nuts, then I started to realize that it's the middle of November already! Already? Middle of November already!!! How is this possible, time is just speeding by. The Christmas music had me thinking (as usual) about the way Christmas was so magical in my younger days. One of the first signs were the arrivals of two cherished Christmas catalogs. The Sears Christmas wish book and the Eaton's Christmas book. I believe Eaton's was a Canadian only store, it was an everything store, much like Sears. In my parents time, you could order a stove, sweater, furniture, horse harness and even a house. The house had some assembly required, this is not a joke, I have been in one. Leading up to Christmas, Eaton's also had a Santa Claus parade, it was tradition for us to watch it on tv every year. My sister and I agreed, Eaton's definitely had a better toy section in its catalog and we went over and over those pages of toys, imagining finding some of them under the tree. Sadly times change, the way people shopped changed and it was the end of an era, Eaton's went out of business. The city of Toronto saved the Christmas parade however, it still runs every year to this day. ............................................. Sears became our "go to store" for most things Christmas and it has been that way ever since. Again, times change and how people shop have changed. Sears has been struggling in Canada and has announced that they are closing their doors for good. It's almost unbelievable to me on one level but on another level I could see it happening. Even myself, I hardly shop there anymore. I will miss having a variety all in one store, from books to socks. I also will miss the fact they had items in many different sizes and colors, unlike most stores these days with the one size fits all policy or teal is the color of the year. Now in December it's almost like looking through an old store yearbook when I unpack the decorations, many of the ornaments came from stores long forgotten and I find myself showing people the boxes saying "remember these guys, remember this". My sister remarked that it's another tradition lost. I shouldn't be that surprised, about two years ago I was doing some last minute shopping on the 23rd, normally I avoid doing that but because of work, I was in a mall the eve of Christmas eve. I was so surprised with how thin the number of shoppers seemed to be. I remarked this to a cashier and she said that because of online shopping, she sees the crowds getting smaller and smaller each year. Maybe one day malls will start to close down as well. In the near future everyone will just do their holiday shopping online, convenient in many ways, no crowds, running around or stress. I enjoy the shopping part, a little hustle and bustle is part of the season to me and it would feel like something was missing if that were to completely change. Just sitting at my laptop ordering items seems too sterile. I just hope they don't figure out some way to send that awful "elevator music" version of Christmas songs over my smartphone.

6 comments:

Mistress Maddie said...

Well being in retail and in particular visual display I love Christmas and it is truly the most magical time of the year, and always takes me back to memories of childhood. Luckily we're one of the retailers that really sinks many into d├ęcor for the holidays. Just two days ago I saw a very small boy, just standing in awe of some mannequins and displays props, and it reminded me of why I love what I do.

I myself will get in the spirit of Christmas next month though. I also remember the catalogs. I especially lived seeing the guys in underwear. I knew the gig was up then, lol. Eaton's!!! I remember them quite well on my long trips to Canada. I bought several items from them and another store that escapes me at the moment. The later I mentioned, I bought a gorgeous Yves Saint Laurent cashmere sweater there and still have it.

Sooo-this-is-me said...

Steven, you create displays? How interesting, well thanks to people like you for putting us into the spirit. The other store may have been The Bay as in The Hudson Bay company which is one of the oldest stores around, since before Canada was Canada lol.
Yes lol, you little brat, the underwear section of the catalogs. I found myself drawn to them as well. I hated that there were about twenty pages of women's underwear and only two or three of men. The early days were better because I remember you could make out the shapes, hahaha! That is until a bunch of little old ladies complained and they started making the men wear cups to hide the form. I guess the church ladies were frightened by the warm feelings hot male model junk pictures made them experience.

Ur-spo said...

Some villain started playing christmas music last week at work; it is not even Thanksgivving here and I am already tired of the tunes.

Sooo-this-is-me said...

Dr. Spo, after November eleventh (remembrance day) is the start of our retail Christmas assault season. We had our Thanksgiving back in October. When I become supreme ruler of the earth, I will make it law that December first will be the start date, and the following rule will be that no Christmas songs shall be converted to rap music.

Ur-spo said...

Sensible fellow. You got my vote.

Sooo-this-is-me said...

I'll give you a good position in my counsel, only condition is you must always agree with me.