Monday, December 22, 2008

Macys at Christmas

I have been enjoying my children this Advent season too much to post. Well, Christmas is SUPPOSED to be about enjoying what is truly important, isn't it?

In any event, last Saturday I took my children to Macy's Herald Square. My wife needed some time to herself and I forgot something in my office, so a trip into Manhattan with a side trip to 34th Street seemed like a great idea. My children loved it.

Spending an hour or two at Macy's makes you forget there is a recession. The store was packed. The windows were beautifully done. The store was completely decorated. And the properly attired staff was busy to distraction meeting the needs of the customers. My boys were also impressed by the old wooden escalators that are on most of the floors.

Later in the week I returned. to buy a few gifts for my wife. The store was still mobbed, even though it was late on a week night. If only Macy's was the US economy, there would be no talk of recession!

Yes I said at the beginning of this post that Christmas is supposed to be about what is truly important and rank consumerism is not what is important. But walking around Macy's is a throw back to an earlier age, before suburban shopping malls, Wall Marts and Targets every half mile or so, and Internet shopping. I can remember my mother talking about how trips to Bloomingdale's or Macy's were special events. Walking around the Herald Square store, you could feel for a moment that you were transported back to an earlier age.

5 comments:

Rodak said...

Christmas shopping at Macy's is one of things that I truly miss about New York City. As you say, there's nothing quite like it.

William R. Barker said...

Not to be TOO Grinch-like, BUT...

"Spending an hour or two at Macy's makes you forget there is a recession."

IF you're employed and fear neither losing your job or retaining it only to have your real wages decimated by inflation in the years to come as communist cats... err... as the Obama administration accelerates the socialization of our American economy started by Bush.

(*SIGH*)

"The windows were beautifully done. The store was completely decorated. And the properly attired staff was busy to distraction meeting the needs of the customers. My boys were also impressed by the old wooden escalators that are on most of the floors."

(*THUMBS UP*)

Yep. Love the decorations myself... ALWAYS loved the wooden (and very narrow!) escalators winging customers ever upwards (or so it seems...) (*WINK*)

"If only Macy's was the US economy, there would be no talk of recession!"

(*SIGH*)

It's that kind of warped, flawed, unsophisticated thinking that got us in to this present mess.

(No offense!) (*GRIN*)

No, Anthony... strong societies are not built upon mindless materialism nor are vibrant economies anchored upon indebtedness, and hyper-consumerism of foreign made goods.

(*SHRUG*)

"...walking around Macy's is a throw back to an earlier age, before suburban shopping malls, Wall Marts and Targets every half mile or so, and Internet shopping. I can remember my mother talking about how trips to Bloomingdale's or Macy's were special events."

I hear ya. I really do! But, Anthony... look at the "made in" labels of most of the stuff being sold in Macy (and Bloomingdale's).

(*SHRUG*)

America 2008 ain't your mom's America, Anthony; and it's certainly not your grandma's America.

THE GR... err... BILL

Rodak said...

The other problem is that even though the stores are all mobbed, many of them are selling their wares so low that they aren't really making any profit, or at least sufficient profit. This year, the whole thing may amount in the end to one big Going Out of Business sale.

Anthony said...

Both of you are officially the Grinch!

Can't I just enjoy an hour or so in Macy's?

See you both in the Adirondacks. Wolverines!

Rodak said...

Can't I just enjoy an hour or so in Macy's?

That depends on what it is that you're "enjoying" counselor...