| Hi Taylor:
I keep reading things about how these delayed cargo ships are
going to make shopping and deliveries a nightmare. How bad is it going
to be come Christmas? - Gigi
Hi Carlos: I can't lie, it's going to be an interesting and
stressful holiday season. We saw firsthand what the pandemic did to
our communities and heard what it was doing on a national level, and
now we're watching as the entire globe tries to get its act back together.
It doesn't look like it will happen in time for Christmas, so we all
have to put a little more thought into preparation.
rely on Amazon. This isn't a knock on the company, but we've
all become accustomed to our Prime packages arriving almost instantly,
and that can't happen with all the shortages and the bottlenecked
loading docks. If you want something from Amazon to arrive before
Christmas, might as well place the order now because there will
be no guarantees come late November.
2. Shop local (with patience). We all need to support local
businesses no matter what the season is or what shipping conditions
are. Without knowing when packages will come in the mail, this
is a great time to just head to the store and buy something that
you can immediately put in the car and hide in the garage. That
said, our local toy and sporting goods stores are dealing with
the same supply issues as Amazon. We should go in with an open
mind and try to buy what's available instead of asking when different
items might be arriving. Help out those mom-and-pop shops by buying
what they've got and not adding stress by asking for products
you don't see on the shelves.
3. Get creative. Maybe this is the year you take a new approach
with gift shopping and giving. Think of what you can get instead
of what you want to get, then go from there. This could also be
the year where you put more focus on helping those in need-cleaning
out your attic or garage, cleaning and donating the things you
and your kids no longer use. Buying presents is an important part
of our holiday traditions, but the Spirit of Christmas is beyond
what can be undone by our shipping issues. Focus on family, friends,
church, and community, and the gifts you need will still find
a way to get under the tree by December 25th.
| Our second
Christmas living with the coronavirus should be better than our first,
but it won't be without issues. Start strategizing and keep your eye
on the things that matter most, and I'm sure you'll be fine. Thanks
for the question!
© Taylor Kovar
November 24, 2021
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