I was out and about this afternoon in Minneapolis, Minn. making some returns of unwanted Christmas gift items, and was pleasantly surprised at how smoothly everything went. My after-Christmas task along those lines was perhaps easier than it is for others; there were only three items to return, and they were all from the JCPenney store a few miles from my home.
They were well organized in customer service in the store where I shop; I waited in line behind only four people, and moved to the head of the line and then up to the return counter in a matter of less than five minutes.
I’m a firm believer in making returns of unwanted items any time of the year as quickly as possible. That way items do not get misplaced, credit card receipts are still handy, the stores can resell the items when they are still in demand, and most of all, the credit gets applied to my credit card quickly. That is real money – having a charge on my account for an unwanted item is not something that is in my favor.
Once the returns were accomplished, my other after-Christmas task today was to do some bargain shopping. Great sale prices are on merchandise throughout the stores; the main problem is the pick is out for certain sizes.
Sleepwear, robes, slippers, ladies’ and men’s accessories, perfume and cosmetic items, and winter outerwear seemed to be marked down the most. There were many 60% and 75% clearance prices. Kohl’s was still well-stocked in many of the clothing departments, but they weren’t marking those items down as drastically, either.
All in all, this is a great time to shop for upcoming birthday gifts, or for items to put away for next Christmas. I personally don’t buy much for a year in advance unless I see something very classic that will remain in style, and I know for sure that the size will be okay. My safest purchases are for slippers, sleepwear, jewelry, accessories, home department items, etc.
So today I found a great robe and some sleep pants for a future gift for a man on my list, some small items for a friend who will be visiting me next week and some slippers and unmentionables for myself. I decided to wait until next week to browse several stores and do more bargain shopping.
My other after-Christmas tasks
The day after Christmas I just veg out. Neither my mind nor my body is operating anywhere near what is normal for me; it is better to just enjoy some coffee, look out the window, and reflect on the Christmas that just was.
THEN I get with it the next day. Gift wrappings must be sorted, and what gets saved in the way of bows or boxes gets attended to. (I do save a few boxes for upcoming birthday gifts, but I am not the saver that one of my friends is who never saw a box that she didn’t want to stash in a closet somewhere).
Whatever cooking pans, appliances and Christmas dishes, etc. that I won’t use anymore this year needed to be put away. And thank heavens for a dishwasher as it has done double duty for me the last couple of days.
I have my list of thank-you cards to write – that is on the agenda for tomorrow.
My little Christmas tree will be up until the end of the first week in January as I love having the lights sparkle in the evening.
So that about completes my list of after-Christmas tasks. I’m not as quick as I used to be about getting things “tidy-tidy” after a holiday, but if I attend to what needs to be done little by little, I can enjoy the after-Christmas tasks almost as much as the activities of the rest of the Christmas season.
My Christmas was a great deal of fun. The weather was perfect, and the view outside was spectacular. The snow clung to the branches of the evergreen trees, a fresh snowfall made the ground a pure white and somewhat glittery, and the air was so still that everything within view seemed frozen in time.
I hope that you take some time out from your after-Christmas tasks and your bargain shopping to enjoy a cup of coffee while taking in the view and what nature has to offer in your area of the world.
Happy New Year one and all!