It’s finally winter break! College students (if they are anything like me) can binge watch season 6 of “True Blood”,turn the pages of
chick lit instead of a textbook and shamelessly watch saccharine Hallmark movies to your heart’s content.
Anyway, if you are like me and stuck in retail hell it’s not all sugarplums and fairies. In fact, a line swinging around the corner while you are forced to plaster on a smile when you wish you were snuggling in the quaint family room watching “The Holiday” and dreaming of Jude Law can be pretty hard.
Of course, as a broke college student I am lucky for the job and it’s nice to be back.
Here are some things I’ve learned from working the joyous Christmas season (so far…)
- Be nice. It’s cool to have people fooled and think that I am very sweet.
- It’s fun to flirt, even if you don’t mean to come across that way. Being told sweet nothings from older customers or given a kind of creepy
- wink is all good.
- Wrap up that Christmas serving platter and gardenia scented candle as fast as you can if you see a hot college aged guy in line. The other cashiers want to check him out too. So press that button! Cashier number me please….
- If you are not sure if someone is around your age, ask if they are on winter break yet. If he says one more day, he’s in high school, don’t be a cougar.
- Sometimes I ask about children to make small talk but some of them really are adorable and will say hi and have manners and it restores hope in humanity. Maybe my mom will even think I am capable of being a mom one day down the road.
- It’s ok if someone calls you ma’am. Especially coming from the guy with the University of Alabama sweatshirt and a sultry southern drawl.
It’s a bonus if a cute guy is with his grandma or brother or by himself instead of with some model looking girl that is bored with her life with long extensions and fresh manicure.
Some customers are rude and you just have to amp up the sickly-sweet factor and pretend every time you thank them for their patience you are swearing at them. “It sucks that the store is open so late, I’d hate to be you…..” keep smiling.
- Some customers are great at keeping conversations going and you won’t feel like you are at work and they ask you about school and make you feel like you are going to do an awesome job. They win at life.
- Thank god for cool co-workers and advice in the break room. Wise men and women do exist.
I hope that everyone enjoys their Christmas or holiday break! Of course working in retail and seeing endless rows of fuzzy socks, cozy sweaters, heeled boots and fragrant perfumes; it seems to be all about an endless stream of presents and running around. As one customer said, “it’s not about what’s under the tree, it’s about who’s around it.”
So enjoy the holiday, sit back and catch up with high school friends and family. Get into the spirit and have your house or car light up with the sounds of Christmas songs. I annoy the hell out of my family by thinking I can become someone with their own Christmas cd. The season is all about owning “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree” and making “Blue Christmas seem sexier than Elvis. He was hot way back when.
Dim the lights and admire the Christmas tree. You can hang up sparkling multicolored lights just about anywhere are any room becomes cozy and bright. Light a pine candle, ask family about their favorite traditions, bake Russian tea cookies with your mom, laugh at “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and spike your eggnog (if you are of age, of course…)
This is a season of sparkling lights, glitter, beautiful bows and diamond-like snow. It’s magic. It’s nice to have some new dresses and Katy Perry perfume, but spending time with friends and family instead of money is what really matters.