Friday, November 26, 2010

Betty Goes Christmas Shopping

In the U.S., the day after Thanksgiving is a day near and dear to retailers hearts. Black Friday. You either love it or hate. Dr. van der Stevejinck leans towards loving it...I lean the other way. I'm not fond of shopping in crowds - I tend to get a little anxious and claustrophobic. Totally not worth it for me (although I am not above sending my darling husband out).

Dearest Eulalia might be a short book, but Betty didn't skimp when it came to the description of Christmas shopping:

'They went shopping in the morning and Eulalia, at Aderik's quiet direction, bought silk scarves, exquisite handbags, gloves as supple as velvet, earrings for his mother, thin gold bangles for his sisters, books for his brother, before having a cup of coffee while they decided what to get Katje, Ko and Mekke. Soft fleece-lined slippers for Ko, whose elderly feet would be glad of them at the end of the day, and silk-lines gloves for Katje. As for Mekke - a quilted dressing gown in one of the bright colours she loved...'

They make it sound so easy - but I suppose it helps that they are probably shopping in rather more upscale stores than I generally frequent...and NOT on Black Friday.


  1. Betty Barbara here--
    Not me, either. I doubt I shall step foot in any store today. Now the interwebs is another story. The online stores are definitely getting a visit.
    I loved that shopping trip description--must have been very upscale!

  2. I love Black Friday--it's 10:30 AM here and I've successfully finished shopping for four children, a husband and a birthday.

    It's worth wearing my old-face all day...

  3. Oh my. I don't even know what mine want yet.
    I was in a mall but I was walking around with Prof. Vue de Plane waiting for BettyAriel and the SIL who were feeding his video game addiction. The place was thankfully deserted at 9pm. We did see BettyBrigid's BFF who works at JCP, who admitted to getting up at 4am to get deals at her mall when she'd be back there at 2pm til midnight. The child is sick.