What is Holiday Shopping Like Around the World?

Photo credit: Adam Katz Sinding of Le 21ème

I am American and I join other thousands of Americans in the crowds, the parking spaces, the malls, the rush, and the stress – in pursuit of – holiday presents. But, do you ever wonder what holiday shopping is like in other countries? WhoWhatWear asked the question – and the countries responded …

Here is Claire, from Australia: “Since we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, we have no Black Friday, but we have Boxing Day on December 26, where people wake up early to shop major sales. I’ve lived in the U.S. for a couple of years and feel that the level of commercialism is the same in Australia. The day before Christmas is just as manic with last-minute shopping, but because it’s summer there during the holidays, there’s not the cozy winter Christmas element that you experience in the States. Gift sets (like the kind at Sephora where they package beauty products together) are very popular here, but there aren’t nearly as many options on offer in Australia. That could be related to our smaller population though.” 

And Martine, from Germany: “Germany celebrates Christmas in a big way, with giant outdoor markets that last all day and night. There are lots of little stalls selling gifts and delicious food. The nighttime is the best time to visit because all of the lights are lit up and people are roasting chestnuts on an open fire—just like in the song. It’s truly magical and by far one of the greatest Christmases I’ve experienced.”

I love this!



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