over50feeling40: Stocking Stuffers, Grumpy Shoppers, and One Great Smile!
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Dec 21, 2012

Stocking Stuffers, Grumpy Shoppers, and One Great Smile!

Oh my goodness, it’s a jungle out there!!  The traffic is crazy with shoppers and party goers and revelers….and more!  Two ladies almost wiped me out in the Kohls parking lot and then when I got inside I was met with the grumpy, the irritable, and the down- right nasty.   I really do not understand why people feel as though being rude will help them get home any faster. 
Then, while standing in line, I began to focus on one checker.  She was smiling and greeting customers at her counter with a hand shake.  Merry Christmas…immediately diffused the grumpy at that counter.  One attempted to complain to her and she just smiled and said, “We are happy to get you accommodated sir!” 
Her attitude was contagious and you could tell a distinct difference on her side of the checkout area as opposed to the other side where tired checkers were ready to spar with any customer over the slightest complaint.  I wish I could’ve shot a video…she was schooling everyone else!
So, be careful if you have last minute details to attend to and keep smiling…it makes a huge difference!
Monogrammed Paper Napkins for Casual Entertaining
Here are my favorite treasures from the stocking stuffer shopping trip!  Both my daughter and soon-to-be daughter-in-law are setting up new households, so I found these fun, inexpensive items at Tuesday Morning, where Gigi sent me!  I could have gone really crazy there…so many ideas at reasonable prices.
Rubber Gloves and Scrub Brush for the Fashionistas' Kitchen!!
Happy Saturday, everyone…just three days until Christmas! 
Gigi knows all the fun places to shop...including Chicos, where she found
this great leopard tunic sweater.  I love it!!


  1. When I encounter people like that, I just assume that something very sad is going on in their lives. It's such a difficult time of year, especially this season, we all could use a smile like the checker you mention was greeting her customers with.

    I wish I could wear those gloves. They are so cute but latex and I don't get along. Darn! I have to wear very boring and utilitarian non-latex gloves.

    Have a great weekend!
    xo, A

  2. Happy Saturday Pam. Will you wear a dress or skirt on Christmas day???
    You must show me, lol

  3. You look very festive in red - I did my shopping earlier this week & managed to avoid bah humbug shoppers. Merry Christmas!

  4. Would you believe I am only just starting my shopping Hope you have an restful and joyful holiday

  5. I know what you are talking about, same here just plain crazy but still not so bad here , i still hear lots of Merry Christmas and still see lots of smiles !
    Merry X-mas to you lovely Pam

    Ariane xxxx

  6. Pam, you look beautiful and full of Christmas cheer. You're right about the difference a smile and a cheerful greeting make when everyone is feeling stressed and overworked.


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