The trees are up, the lights are on, children are waiting with bated breath and rosy cheeks for Father Christmas to make all their consumer desires come true: this is the season of goodwill … right?
Well, if you were out shopping last weekend, you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise: traffic jams appear where there have never been traffic jams before; if you thought parking in London was a nightmare normally, December is a window into purgatory; and while the powers-that-be speculate intelligently over why the high street is struggling this year, the rest of us have an inkling that the astronomical price of parking might be a good place to start … and that’s before you have even started on all the coughs and sneezes pervading the atmosphere – bah humbug.
Add onto that the stresses and strains of shopping itself – once you have got past the pushing and the shoving and the guttural wheezing you have to find that perfect present; how are you to know which is the perfect organic shaving gel? And where exactly do you go for a hamper that doesn’t contain the usual medley of jams and shortbread? With this in mind, it is perhaps no surprise that the internet has become an increasingly popular virtual high street – who has time to spend queuing anyway, don’t you have a party to go to?
The reality is however that despite being told since August that Christmas is upon us, many people still won’t get around to organising their presents until the final moment, and at that point, the convenience of the internet poses a problem because you still have to allow for the all-important delivery time.
Well, the internet has one more trick up its red velvet sleeve – E vouchers – when the post fails you technology is the only way to go for instant delivery, especially when that voucher constitutes an indulgent mini-break. That means you could probably leave it until 23.59 on Christmas Eve if you really wanted to – in fact, the recipient might appreciate the post-pub generosity. No, really, I wouldn’t do that – trying to lick an envelope to put it in while under the influence could end disastrously, but that’s a story for another time.
So there you go, something to think about for the weekend – after all, this isn’t any old weekend, this is the weekend to be jolly!
Merry Christmas from Spabreaks.com!
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