I absolutely cannot stand holiday shopping. Trust me, I love giving gifts (and spending money in general), but I just try to make the shopping part much more suitable to me. I pretty much flat-out refuse to shop at the mall during the holiday season. If I must, I must, but I will whine about it. I’ll shop online and even in small shops, like those around our corner of Connecticut, but I am definitely a grinch about big store shopping.
The issue is the crowds. It’s not that I dislike people, it’s that I am just burnt out of holiday shopping crowds.
I’ve always had a job, ever since I was probably 14. When I was old enough, my sister talked me into retail. She was a department manager at a large retail store and got me a position as a seasonal rep for Fossil. The gig was great and when I wasn’t working for them, I took jobs in other retail environments.