I used to be a huge huge fan of Boxing Day (not to the point where I would start lining up at 7pm on Christmas day in order to score a flat screen TV) when I was younger, but for me, it has lost its lustre. I think part of it is the realization that most of the merchants just put out their crap leftover from the previous year and try and sell it at deep (and lately I find, not so deep) discounts.
Uh… What’s Boxing Day?
For those of you that don’t know what Boxing Day is (which is basically anyone NOT from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, or Canada), according to Wikipedia, it occurs on December 26 and its origin is said to be from the Roman era where the more well-to-do place boxes of goodies outside the Churches for those less fortunate.
Why is it Bad?
Now it has become a mass frenzy of consumerism (an extension of the associated Christmas consumerism of course). Not only do you have Boxing Day where people line up at insane hours of the day just to wait to be the first one to get the 1 of 5 available $899 50″ flat screen television, you get Boxing Week too, which basically is Boxing Day for the entire week. It’s a sign for the public to BUY BUY BUY and… not stop buying.
It’s now EVEN EASIER (which is scary for me because I hate line ups) to participate in Boxing Day. You can do it from the safety of your own home (without having the brave the mad crowd) by participating in the Cyber version of Boxing Day. I find this much more dangerous than shopping in person because you don’t have to wait in line, you don’t have to get dressed and brave the cold, and you don’t have to find parking.
How to Avoid the Boxing Day Hangover?
In the past when I shopped on Boxing Day, I would line up for hours to go to my favourite clothing shops. Most of the clothes I bought were then final sale (because they were on sale) and I was unable to return them. I often got a Boxing Day hangover from them, unfortunately.
As the years pass (and I’m getting older, more rickety, and scrooge-like), I find myself not interested in braving the crowds, the traffic, the trouble finding parking just for a few dollars off of an item. Unless there is something I really need, I don’t think I will bother anymore. I just don’t have the patience to make the effort to wake up earlier (especially if I’m hungover from eggnog or home made Baileys) to stand in line like I used to.
I must confess, I got a Cyber Monday hangover (Cyber Monday is usually after American Thanksgiving) and ended up splurging $38 (which I thought was a good deal at the time) on a dress, a romper (which apparently is a big craze right now), and some socks from Forever 21. Yes, I was too lazy to go to my local mall and shop at Forever 21 just because there was free shipping and they had a 70% off clearance. All my usual sizes for the dress and romper were gone but I thought I’d try one size up instead, because I usually have no trouble going one size up. I measured using measuring tape (though I didn’t do it with much effort, I must say). Unfortunately, when the item came and I tried it on, the romper was way too big. It was also a huge hassle to return it in the mail so I decided to let it sit in my closet. I thought I was smart by saving $20 on something that was usually $34, but I wasted $14 instead. I got a bad case of the Boxing Day (or in this case, Cyber Monday) hangover. 🙁
How to Avoid the Boxing Day Hangover?
To me, the best way to avoid creating the shopping addiction is to avoid shopping in the first place. Don’t allow temptation to set in because temptation will most likely win (just like if you’re going on a diet, don’t walk by a delicious frosted cupcakes shop when you’re hungry). Instead, just avoid Boxing Day in general and you should be fine. This also means avoiding going online to check out the online deals available (though I must say, this is much harder!).
To avoid online temptation, perhaps writing a sticky note on your computer to remind yourself to NOT shop online for items that might be hard to gauge the fit (e.g. dresses, pants, suits) despite being non-lazy and whipping out measuring tape. I’ll try it this year and will let you know how it goes.
Readers, do you shop on Boxing Day (in person or online?)? Do you ever get the Boxing Day Hangover if you do go out shopping?