I will never understand the thrill of getting up at some early hour to shop. Then, again, I don't like to shop so I'll never be part of that early morning mob.
Shopping in crowded stores stifles me. I find myself throwing out the list and leaving a cart in the middle of an aisle as I walk out of the store empty handed. I'm sure it is just me. Nothing is worth the anxiety attacks that come on when I'm in a store filled with people.
While I support the campaign to shop locally, I find myself doing more and more shopping online.
I can still support locally owned businesses who have websites.
Oliver's Candy http://www.oliverscandies.com/, for example, makes it very easy to shop from home. Two of our Snack Shop vendors also allow me to shop at home. Kutter's Cheese http://kuttercheese.com/ , and Scratch Baking http://www.scratchbakery.biz/ . I know there are more.