I was a first-time early bird this morning, braving the cold weather only for my two teens whose paternal grandparents had gifted them with substantial pre-Christmas cash.
Of course my daughter was up by 3:30 a.m. , wanting to head out to the stores at that hour. Her brother and I snoozed some more and we finally made it out of the house by 5:30 a.m. We thought we’d go and try to snag one of the 500 goodie bags that Quail Springs Mall was giving away to the first customers.
Here’s the thing: When we got there about 5:55, the line to get a goodie back snaked along the mall. We figured a lot of the people got into the mall through the stores that had the early-early sales — 4 a.m. — like JC Penney.
We didn’t want to lose any shopping time standing in the long line so we just headed to the stores. It was amazing to see all those people — bright-eyed and ready to shop — at the time I’m usually still trying to rub the sleep out of my eyes.
Hey, the kids loved it though. They think we should make this a tradition.
I don’t know about that, but at least I can say I made the early-bird shopping rounds at least once.
My hat goes off to all the “oldtimers” who’ve made this a habit for years.