Wednesday, December 23, 2015

I know it's the day before Christmas Eve but...

this is going to be a gripe post. So if you don't want to hear read it, please move along. There's nothing to see here...

Ready?

Okay. Today I needed to run a few errands before Christmas. I stopped into a local artisan shop. As I'm walking through the business, I could hear Dean Martin's version of "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" throughout the rooms. It was lovely. I found myself crooning along as I picked up different items.

As the young twenty-something woman cashed me out and handed me my change, I smiled and innocently said "Merry Christmas." Her response was a dead, blank stare back at me. Nothing else. Zilch. Nada. Nothing.
I may have heard a lone cricket chirping, but that's about it. I was so taken aback, I just grabbed my purchase and walked out the door actually shaking my head in disbelief.

Did I expect a reciprocating,"Merry Christmas?" That would have been nice. I would have been fine with a "Happy Holidays." Heck, I would have taken a "Thank you" for cripes sake. But absolutely nothing??

Remember I mentioned things are weird to me... Well that was yet another perfect example of it. If the young woman has an "issue" with Christmas, maybe it's wise for the business owner not to have her cash out customers two days before Christmas. Just sayin'.

Next stop. A local drug store. When I handed the cashier a 50 dollar bill she had a total melt down. No exaggeration either. She started to rant about having no change for it and how everyone has been giving her 50's and 100's and now she has no change. I'm thinking, Ummm... I'm not trying to put you over the edge, lady. I just need some Advil.
When I got into my vehicle, I proceeded to dump the whole contents of it into my mouth. But alas, I still have a headache.

Wait! There's more! Had to go to the HD to get my paint for the hutch. As I walked the aisles all I heard was complaining. Customers. Employees. Everyone was miserable.
That's when I decided to start whistling "Have A Holly Jolly Christmas"
It was my Daddy's favorite Christmas song. Sure I got some strange looks. But that's nothing knew to me. I get that a lot.
I headed over to the paint department. The paint guy was nice and friendly. I even got a "Merry Christmas" when he handed me my paint and stir stick. Woo hoo!!
Then I go to cash out... Almost a similar scenario like at the artisan store.

I don't get it. Guess I never will. I just whistled a little louder as I walked out of the store.



Happy Wednesday, all.

Remember to be merry and bright
and hopefully tick off a few people along the way. ((giggle))

:> )

9 comments:

Jane@Bluebird1959 said...

So much easier to be happy than grumpy! I don't understand it, just like you. I ran into a few yesterday at WalMart like that. Even on my worst day, I don't think I have ever not thanked someone, mustered a smile for someone who helped me, etc. It takes far less energy being a curmudegon!!! Some people just don't get it and I think that makes for probably a pretty unhappy existence. Anyway, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!!! Jane

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

Merry Christmas to you too, Jane! ♥
I do understand the holidays can be difficult for some. Especially when we lose loved ones. I can totally relate and them some.
But I witnessed almost disdain. If that is how society views Christmas these days, we are in deep trouble.
But my guess is that many of the people I saw today don't need a holiday to wallow in their misery.
You can't help those who won't help themselves.

Judi Hunziker said...

Stress around the holidays gets cranked up a notch I guess. I have never desired working in retail and thankfully never had to as a career so I have no idea what it must be like standing on the other side of the counter. I do know that I was raised to always acknowledge a kindness, no matter what form it comes in, and be grateful. I am sorry that others dampened your holiday spirit, perhaps you should have given them a great big hug, just for giggles to see their reaction, LOL. Merry Christmas from Vermont,♥

Maureen said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS,KARIN!!!!!!
I think most of our society appreciates Christmas and good manners. You just happened to come across 3 all on the same outting...(what are the odds,lol) Maybe you crossing their paths was for a good reason. Maybe by the time they got off work their Grinchy little hearts were full of Merry and Bright! (I think I've seen one too many Hallmark Christmas movies this season ;) )
AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TOO!!!!

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

Leave it to me to get all the cranky pants people thrown my way in less than a 3 hour period. Yes, I should have given them a hug with an immediate kick in the butt telling them to snap out of it!! Would love to see the look on their faces if I did!! Can you imagine?? ((giggle))

I'm such a sap for those Hallmark Christmas movies too! Heck, I well up at some of the Christmas commercials out there. Oh and I've been singing the Oreo Christmas jingle for about a month now. "Wonder what's inside the holidays..." ((hee hee))

♥ Merry Christmas, Ladies!! ♥

Christine said...

Good for you !!!! Merry Christmas !!!

moosecraft said...

I don't get it either... but, I do have an idea as to what's wrong... What's wrong is that MANY people today have forgotten what Christmas TRULY is! So many people, rush, shop, clean, rush, cram so much superficial junk into an already crammed schedule (shopping quantity not quality)... that they have forgotten that Christmas should be a time of Peace and Tranquility and Celebration of a gifted Life! :-) Yep... you've got it right... keep saying Merry Christmas, smile and whistle a happy tune! Merry Christmas to you and your family! :-)

Denise Blankenship said...

I was just telling my brother how I yearn for the days of yesterday. When you go to a store and say "Merry Christmas!" and their response is the exact same! How people were happy this time of year, even when going through very difficult times. The UPS guy came to my house a couple of days ago, and when he was getting ready to leave, I said "Merry Christmas!" He gave me a blank look then mumbled something on his way off...My gosh, he looked like he was 12 years old! LOL! He came back yesterday to drop off another package and said "Merry Christmas" as he was leaving. I about fell over! For being a bit surprised, all I could get out was... ssssame you! Haha You did good though. You were Merry and Bright and spread it along the way! Blessings and Merry Christmas!

Primitive Stars said...

Ya, not to sure what's up with cranky pants people these days Karin. So sad, especially at this time of year, would a smile kill ya.Merry Christmas to you and yours.Hugs Francine.

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