After some discussion over the relative merits of “Merry Christmas” vs “Happy Holidays”, “Happy Hannuka”, “Peaceful Solstice” and so on, the official verdict is that the most common Christmas greeting is “Will that be cash or card?”
I had to meet a relative at Coles in Ocean Keys today, and the entire front of the shop was gridlocked with overflowing trollies. As in, totally. There was no room to move, and shoppers still loading their trollies had to go back down the aisles to the rear of the store, then up the next aisle and return, and so on across the store. Which of course caused more congestion.
The queue for the express lanes ran right through the middle of this, across the front wall of the store and down into the ’fridge aisle, and there wasn’t a happy face in it.
Christmas is truly a merchants’ holiday.