Crowded Mall or Craft Sale?
Picture ten times the people you see in this picture and you will have what the malls will be like any time in December.
People will be running mad in all directions trying to find the elusive present in a time limited shopping spree. Children will be whining and babies will be screaming as you try to squeeze by their strollers!
Ah, the seasonal joys of Christmas Rush!
Now, picture a craft sale at the local church. Even if there is a short line-up to get in, you enjoy talking to all the people you know and probably see yearly at this same event. There's Thelma, bringing in her famous apple pies. Louise will have her delicate and popular tree ornaments at her table alongwith her husband's stained glass angels. The church ladies have a well stocked table of home made jams, salsas and pickles. There is a fabulous selection of knitted hats, scarves and gloves. Everyone flocks to the rummage table where the good old barter system is still in effect! Just make an offer to the old retired pharmamsist who always presides over this table.
The baking table is superb and I hear the $5.00 lunch tickets are going quickly because Bea has once again, made her cabbage rolls! With a salad, sandwich plate and a piece of pie, you can relax and chat with friends while watching the flurry of activity. You just can't beat this small town phenomena. It is part of our heritage.
And I, for one, would much rather spend my time and money supporting this local annual event, than put myself in that crazy crowded mall after driving around for ten minutes trying to find a parking space!
Mother of Invention, checking names off my list after the craft shows!