This was Zoe's first Christmas Eve in business so I felt it was worth writing about in the blog. And this should be the last of the Christmas posts for this year!
I had already decided that Zoe would not be open the full 8 hours on Christmas Eve. I had chosen 4 pm as the closing time. Other boutiques in the Alexandria/DC area had 2 pm and 3 pm closings (and some did not open at all). Based on my experience, I found that I could have closed at 3 pm with no issues. I did have one man come in to look at around 3:02 but then no additional customers after that point. In fact, The Christmas Attic across the street closed at 4 pm!
I did not experience any frenzied, last minute shopping on Christmas Eve. A few men came to look for maybe "one more gift" or a stocking stuffer but they weren't desperation shopping. Many people had family visiting from outside the area and were just enjoying the sunny day by getting out for a stroll in Old Town. I had one female friend come in to buy a few gifts (and a gift for herself). But it was very much a quiet day.
It was nice to have the extra time that evening and the time on Christmas Day to relax a bit. Having worked every day since Thanksgiving, it was a nice break (although sometimes I feel a little lost/overwhelmed when I'm home - I have SO much that needs my attention!)
Overall, the Christmas season was enjoyable and, as always, a fantastic learning experience!
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