Only 44 days to Christmas. And 15 days to Black Friday, November 26th, traditionally the busiest shopping day in the US. And by extension, here in Canada. It's on the American Thanksgiving long weekend, so a trip to the malls is a great way to bond with family - or escape relatives. It's also seen as a change for many merchants to move their balance sheet from the red to the black, to finally make a profit. Sales are huge, both for in person and online, with many places opening as early as midnight.
Last year we were all avoiding malls and COVID, this year many places have eased restrictions. Plus many people either think it's all over, or that since they have their shots they are now invincible. I predict more crowds, more infections, and more disappointments. We've seen supply chain woes all over the news, with the pictures of stacks of shipping cans, rows of waiting ships, and empty shelves.