Tick Tock! Tick Tock! The Holiday clock is ticking! With less than a week left for purchasing gifts for your loved ones, your stress meter may be exploding. No worries Genesis Security to the rescue. Here are Top 10 “Holiday Shopping Tips” you can use to make your shopping less stressful and more enjoyable.
Plan ahead! Make a list of individuals that you need to purchase gifts for. If you know specific gifts then you should add them to the list. This will prevent you from wandering frantically through the mall.
Parking in the mall can be difficult to find. It is important to park in well lit and busy areas to avoid confrontations from suspicious individuals.
Avoid carrying large quantities of cash while shopping. Use a credit or debit card to make purchases. If you have to use cash, make sure to keep it in your front pocket to avoid pickpockets.
When using a debit or credit card that has a pin, make sure to hide your pin when typing it into the machine.
Don’t overload yourself with shopping bags. Keep expensive items such as jewellery, purses, and wallets close to your body with a firm grip.
Children get distracted by toys. You should organize a babysitter to look after your children while you shop. If this is not possible, make sure to supervise your children at all times.
If planning to take your children shopping, ensure you know where the lost and found area is located in the unlikely event your child wanders off.
Shopping at night? Try to shop with a group of family and friends. If shopping alone is the only option, have a security officer escort you to your car after your shopping adventure is complete.
Leaving the mall? When backing out of your stall, check your rear view mirrors to ensure no one is crossing behind you. Fasten your seatbelt as soon as you get in the car because parking lot accidents can occur.
Have Fun while shopping, and try to remain calm as you venture around the mall!
Remembrance Day is an important holiday…. a day where we pause and wear a poppy to honour the many war veterans who fought and gave their lives in the First and Second World wars. Here are the Top 10 “Poppy Day Facts” to better understand the significance of November 11th:
Armistice Day (1918), now known as Remembrance Day (1945) was founded November 11, 1918 when Germany ended World War One by signing and declaring peace.
The first Armistice Day was celebrated in Britain on November 11, 1921 and raised £106 000.00.
The Red Poppy icon is used to mark November 11th. The symbol was taken from the poem “In Flanders Field” (Canadian Lt. Colonel John McCrae). The poppies grew wild on many of the graves of the fallen, and most people thought it represented the blood that was shed.
Individuals can purchase (by donation) a poppy from a variety of locations (i.e. Coffee Shops, retail stores, libraries, schools etc.). The money is used to assist veterans, primarily with medical costs.
On November 11th at 11:00 a.m. individuals are requested to stop and take two minutes of silence to reflect and pay their respects to the many people who fought and died in the wars.
Remembrance Day is celebrated in churches by laying a poppy wreath on the Cenotaph during the ceremony. “The most famous Remembrance Day ceremony is held at the Cenotaph located in London near the House of Parliament. The attendees at the event include: The Royal Family, Prime Minister, Heads of State and other Service Personnel”. (source).
There are various names used to symbolize November 11th including: Poppy Day, Veterans Day, and Remembrance Day.
Important songs and poems heard during Remembrance Day ceremonies are:In Flanders Field(Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae),Last Post (Carol Ann Duffy),Poppy Petals (Buckley-Clark/ Wedgbury)
Remembrance Day events will be celebrated at various locations in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Richmond, and Delta. Some include: Victory Square, Chinatown Memorial Square, UBC etc.). Click Here for further details.
On November 11th show your solidarity, “Poppy Up” and at 11:00am take 2 minutes out of your busy day and stop and reflect upon the freedoms you enjoy today and how they were protected with the lives of others.
With gratitude we at Genesis pause and give thanks to all the brave souls that gave their lives, so that we may continue to enjoy the liberty and freedoms that we sometimes take for granted today.
With Halloween four days away, monsters and goblins are preparing for the scary evening. Here are ten “All Hollows Eve” tips parents, goblins, and little monsters can use to be safe on this spooky evening.
Ghosts and goblins can be scary; however, make sure your costume is bright and reflective so that drivers can see you.
Carry a cell phone and a flashlight to protect yourself from dangerous monsters.
Masks can be fun and terrifying, but can restrict you vision. Your creative and fun alternative is facepaint.
If you are under the age of nine years old, a parent should accompany you when trick-or-treating.
Before crossing the road, look both ways to ensure there are no cars.
When trick-or-treating make sure to stay on the side walks. If there are no side walks stay on the side of the road facing traffic.
When walking through the neighborhood, travel in large groups and stay in areas that are well lit and busy.
A map is the solution for discovering treasure. Plan your route and stick to it.
Before consuming any treats, make sure an adult check to ensure they are safe, sealed, and wrapped.