I totally respect businesses that remain closed on Sundays. And I really would be scandalized if a religious goods store were open on Sundays. But...I do wish they should make an exception on the First Sunday of Advent. It would be nice if they'd open for a little bit - perhaps one hour. One well-publicized hour.
I never ever begin the First Sunday of Advent with candles.
And yes, when I go to the store tomorrow, I will buy two sets so I won't be in this bind next year (of course, Murphy's Law reminds me that the sole object lost in our upcoming move next year will be the Advent candles).
On another note, this first Sunday of the new Church year has already provided me with a challenge. Today in Mass I sat in front of two women - active members - who chatted with themselves and their children throughout the entire Mass, including the Consecration. I almost lost it when one tried to engage me in conversation during the post-Communion hymn. I am hardly the most pious person in the pews, and my own children's behavior ensures that transcendent meditation will never be accomplished by anyone within 20 feet of our group, but I don't need other adults thwarting my own feeble attempts to pray.
I'm not a confrontational person. I won't be pulling them aside and telling them how disrespectful they were - they know better anyway. Instead, like St. Therese of Lisieux, it is for me to just deal with it, patiently, lovingly.