By Bobinec, Greg on December 23, 2019.
With the final countdown to Christmas Day approaching, thousands of people make their way through the city to find the remainder of their gifts for family and friends.
Finding the right gifts during the week leading to Christmas morning can be a difficult task -fighting off crowds, traffic, and searching through quickly diminishing products -but some community members say that the stress kicks their Christmas spirit into high gear.
“I know that it probably isn’t the smartest way to Christmas shop, but I always leave it to the last minute,” says Karol Islaia. “It would be a lot less stressful if I was to shop online a month before, or plan just a little bit more in advance, but the rushing around to get everyone checked off my list and going through all the stores in a week really gets me excited to celebrate the holidays with my family.”
This year, Canadians are expected to spend over $5 billion on food and beverage, $500 million on electronics, and $400 million on toys and games, according to Statistics Canada.
As many people spend plenty of money on lavish items that would make the recipient very happy, many people take the holidays as a time to gift more personal and sentimental items that will mean more to the recipient, to focus more on the holiday spirit and relationship, over the price of an item.
“Too many people stress over how much they are going to spend on a gift, or how jaw breaking it has to be when they open it, but I just look for one thing per person that would mean a lot to them,” says Lindsey Koler.
“Whether I am handmaking an item to give to them, or I just find something personal, that is what I like to gift because it brings you back to what Christmas is all about, family and love.”
As people gather all of their last-minute items before the countdown to Christmas Day, businesses throughout Lethbridge and area are busy keeping their shelves stocked as crowds of people work their way through the remainder of their Christmas lists.
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