An Empty Mall at Christmas
I am not a huge shopper at all, in fact I quite despise the activity. I guess it's mostly because usually I have a two year old in tow who claims that everything is "MINE! MIO! DAMELO! GIMME!". Shopping is an exhausting task, a necessity y nada mas. Being forced to do some Christmas shopping, I have managed to get some mall time without Monster Max and I realized I can actually accomplish something without the extra 13 kgs on my arm. In the past week I have been to Plaza Las Americas, Gran Plaza, Walmart, Soriana and Paseo Cancun so I've had a fair sampling of the Christmas shopping season. What I have noticed is there are not many people out at all. Less than in years past for sure. When I mentioned it to Hubby, he just rubbed his fingers together and said "Nadie tiene lana", which means "Nobody has money". Is this just a phenomenon of Cancun's economy or is this happening everywhere?
We like going to Paseo Cancun just to walk around (er, run around when Max is with us). It's an outdoor promenade type mall in downtown Cancun, located behind Soriana. It's really quite beautiful and they always seem to have events of some kind going on, musical acts, dancers, clowns, etc., so we knew there would be a Santa there for Max. I've just realized that in all of our visits there we've never bought anything, for us it's just another "park". The only place we spend money there is the movie theater and the restaurants, usually Sirloin Stockade or Hooters. Max LOVES Hooters and the Hooters girls love Max.
Last night there were performances by singers and dancers in addition to the Santa and the Reindeer and Penguin. I was quite happy to see they had an art exhibition going on as well, though I was less than impressed with the art. Didn't matter, seeing anything cultural in Cancun is something good for the soul. With all this going on, just a few days before Christmas, the mall was practically empty. Beautiful, but empty.
I am not complaining about an empty mall at all, makes my life a whole lot happier, but I do worry about what it represents to the economy of the people of Cancun. The retailers in this beautiful mall are going to suffer big time and I just know that folks in Cancun are going to have less under their tree this year. The good thing is that most of them won't care, they'll be happy to be surrounded by their family. At least that's how I feel, we don't have much but we've got each other and I am feeling all warm and fuzzy thinking about how happy Max will be with his little stash from Santa and how happy I will be holding him in my arms on Noche Buena. Who wouldn't be happy with this cool dude?