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When shopping, check out Greenville first

This Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year. People fill the stores and the malls to shop for their loved ones' Christmas presents on the day that the stores have the most sales. Some even go as far as traveling to Foley, Ala. to the outlet malls to get the best price on the best gifts.

But before traveling out-of-town to do all your Christmas shopping, look around the stores in Greenville to see what merchants here have to offer. It is important for the economy of our city to have Greenville residents stay at home and shop. There are various stores throughout the city that offer special gifts for all the special people in your life.

Staying in Greenville to shop also allows time to meet other residents of Greenville, giving an opportunity for both shoppers and store owners to get to know one another. One thing about Greenville that is so appealing is that it is small, and like the imaginary city of Mayberry, it is a place where people can know people in their own city, which will, in turn, keep the city safe and close-knit.

But, no matter where you may do your shopping this Friday, remember to be kind and patient. Christmas should be a time of joy and happiness

a time that is free of fighting over the last video game or talking stuffed animal.