Last year I went shopping for a few non-essential items like pens even though I knew traffic would be awful on December 23rd. I felt like getting out of the house and thought it wouldn't be too bad if I went before people got home from work. Wrong! The two main entrances to the mall had cars backed up farther I'd ever seen them. I thought I was smart by going around to the back entrance. Wrong! There were so many cars trying to get in that a policeman was directing traffic to keep things from getting ugly.
I forgot that going to the mall a few days before Christmas was like going to a zoo after they let the animals out of their cages. So I wrote this post last year and dated it for this December to remind myself to stay home the two days before Christmas. I mean it Rebecca! Don't go out. Snow boots for stroke survivors won't help me deal with the crazy, aggressive people who are shopping at the last minute.