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Those who are still rushing around getting things together for Christmas tomorrow might not be feeling extremely jolly at the moment. So, here's an alternative idea that might cheer you up. If you haven't bought that "perfect" gift yet, or can't get a good price on it - just give your loved one an I.O.U., and get the item on sale AFTER Christmas.
In England, Canada, and Australia, the day after Christmas is called "Boxing Day," and it's almost as important as Christmas itself. There's a running joke that the reason it's called "Boxing Day," is because that's the day everyone boxes up all of the Christmas gifts and takes them back to the store. The real reason goes back to the day when wealthy people had servants who were very busy on Christmas. The servants would be allowed to prepare "boxed" meals for their employers' family for the day after Christmas, so they could finally spend some time at home to enjoy the holiday with their own families.
In the U.S., there's is also a lot of taking stuff back to the store for refunds and exchanges on the day after Christmas. But now, just as with online Christmas shopping, there is an increasing number of people who are handling their boxing day activities online as well. Just search Cyber Boxing Day, to join the fun. Hey, if your family won't take an I.O.U. for after Christmas sales, at least maybe you can find a little something for yourself...? Ho ho ho!
Merry Christmas, everyone!
Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking.