Sunday, November 28, 2010

1904 - About Christmas Shopping.

The stores will be crowded from now until Christmas and shoppers should train themselves to be patient. Before going out to shop look carefully over the columns of the MAIL and locate the places where you want to do your buying. This will save you time and money. Then if you find the clerks to be busy be patient in your waiting. Of course you will be in a hurry to complete your Christmas shopping, but remember that others are in the same frame of mind. Don't rush the clerks to fast. They have a great deal to do. In this way, you will be best served, though you may be a little delayed. Christmas shopping is growing year by year and the misfortune is that too many put it off until the last day. Be patient.

The Nevada Daily Mail
Nevada, Mo.
December 19, 1904

2 comments:

Nancy said...

I've enjoyed these last few posts about Christmas and Santa Claus. This one is especially interesting to me. From the sounds of it ("Christmas shopping is growing year by year"), Christmas shopping was just catching on, which makes me wonder if there had been little Christmas shopping in previous years and more Christmas making of homemade gifts. Thanks for the post.

greenerpasture genealogy blog said...

Thanks! I was thinking the same thing you are. Perhaps Christmas was less commercial prior to the beginning of the 1900s. I am going to look for some earlier articles. If I find any, I will post them.