Black Friday

Several years ago, as we nibbled on leftover turkey, one of my girlfriends (Hi Susan!) told me about something called Black Friday.   I was a bit leery of getting up at such an early time in the morning just to go shopping, but I’m game for just about anything. 

So we got up waaay before the  crack of dawn and headed out to find some deals.  I still marvel at how much fun we had that morning so long ago.  We were both very young and just starting our families so the amazing deals were very much appreciated.  What there was of the crowd was friendly and jovial.   Our fellow shoppers joked with us and pointed out deals that we had been unaware of.   When we were finally done with our shopping we stopped into a local diner for a leisurely breakfast.   We scurried home and hid away our loot just as our families were getting up for the day.

I’ve gone shopping on Black Friday a few times since, but none of them were nearly as fun nor as magical as it was that first time with my friend.  (Well, that time that KT and I went by ourselves was close).   Every year that passes, it has become less fun for me.  The deals are still there, but the crowds seem to be a bit more frenzied, desperate and rude. 

I think that it was the feeling of caring and comradery that was so appealing to me.  Now, when you hear stories of people sleeping in front of stores in order to be the first ones in, and trampling each other…well…it’s something I would just rather not be a part of.  Last night, we made the decision to forgo the madness that is called Black Friday.  The deals didn’t seem to outweigh the stress and hassle that this ritual has become. 

This morning, I allowed myself to sleep in as long as I wanted.  (which, sadly was only until seven.  I refuse to think of this as a sign that I’m getting older).  I got up and sat in my favorite chair sipping my coffee.  As I gazed out my window watching the squirrels dig up my bulbs accompanied by the sweet sound of birds singing, I thought to myself that this, perhaps is, is right up there as one of my best Black Fridays… 

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16 Responses to Black Friday

  1. Carol says:

    I had such a horrendous experience at Alderwood last year at 1 AM (stupid me!) that I am STILL in my jammies today, at 2:15 PM! I will NOT go out there today! (Well, OK, maybe TJ maxx way later this afternoon…)


  2. I’m sure you’ve heard by now that a WalMart worker was killed by a stampeding crowd. I’d like to think that would make people stop and re-assess this manic bargain hunting but I doubt if it will

  3. The whole thing has never appealed to me–then again, I generally stay as far away from shopping malls as I can.

    The Wal-Mart thing is incredible and horrific. I can’t even believe it.

  4. Linda says:

    Nope, not gonna do it … there just aren’t any deal good enough for me to endure the hassle. I hate crowds. I’m still trying to understand the Wal-Mart stampede … I don’t understand how people can behave in that manner. Truly tragic.

  5. Kathy says:

    “Frenzied, desperate and rude” is appropriate. Did you see that a Wal Mart employee was trampled to death in Long Island, NY? The report said that even as paramedics tried to attend to him, people pushed by. Those people are no better than animals — and I probably do animals everywhere a great disservice in comparing them!

  6. Susan says:

    GBU~ me too!

    Carol~ I took your experience into consideration when I decided not to go. I hung around in my jammies for a long time today too. Shaun is *still* in his Booger Robe.

    Ruth~I was horrified when I heard about Walmart. Sadly, I don’t think it’s going to make people rethink the crazed bargain hunting either.

    Jenn~I’m right there with you on malls!

    Linda~I agree, the hassle just isn’t worth it.

    Kathy~ It baffles me how such a thing could happen. I can’t help but wonder what was going on in those people’s minds. I mean to just stomp on another being….so very tragic.

  7. Susan says:

    Hi Suzy,
    No Black Friday shopping for me either- I do remember how much fun we had and the bikes we got for Ben and KT. I was out hiking in the desert, sleeping under the stars on Thanksgiving night. Arnel had the boys so off we went. It was fun and no shopping for me. Call me, Susan

  8. tommie says:

    I do Black Friday….BUT only if I am with my younger sister. Since I am in KY and she is in OK, we have only gotten to do it a handful of times in the last ten years. We sync our phones, make our lists…pack our snacks, and a mongo Thermos of the best lattes known to mankind…and hit the stores. We usually start before 4 and are done by 9…we then go to breakfast then home to a nice long morning nap!

    I miss those times we have gone. She has a way about her that makes those shopping times so much fun.

    The camera that the kids take pics with was a Black Friday deal. My kids have a little point and shoot I got for less than $60..but in reality is about a $200 camera! But at ages 4 and 5, they are pretty good photographers…..Just tonight, the 5 year old was moving stuff out of the way of the tree to “get a good, uncluttered shot”.

    I was shocked to hear those words come out of his mouth. But unless I was willing to do some super early morning shopping with sissy, he wouldn’t have that camera!

    Thanks for the good memories~

    PS, but today since we weren’t together, I was safe and warm in my bed at those wee hours!~

  9. Patsy says:

    I’m glad that you were home with me on this tragic Black Friday! Maybe after this B.F. they will find some way to ease the threat to so many more people in the same situation.

  10. Christine says:

    I did the Black Friday thing for the first time a few years ago. I actually ended up buying things that I felt were too lame to give as gifts. (But it’s on sale! What a bargain!) I blame it on peer pressure and severe lack of sleep.

    I’m happier shopping online from now on. It’s worth paying shipping and handling so I don’t have to deal with the holiday crowds.

  11. Renate says:

    I’ve never done the Black Friday thing and doubt that I ever will. There are plenty of good bargains out there later on! The last couple of years, I’ve done my shopping almost exclusively over the internet. In most cases I got free shipping. This year some family members want to drop giving gifts to the adults and only give to the children. I don’t feel quite right about that. The children already have so much and what does that teach them when they only receive. I remember taking my boys out every year to buy gifts for the adults in their lifes with the money they saved from their allowance. *Sigh* Changing times, I guess.

  12. Jeff says:

    I did go out on Black Friday but not till after 10am so I guess that really doesnt count. It’s sad that greed has taken over Christmas and people are forgetting what the holiday is all about. I think “A Charlie Brown Christmas” should be required viewing for anyone to celebrate the holiday.

  13. Nora Bee says:

    That first BF sounds great. But i can see why you stay home now.

  14. Susan says:

    Susan~that sounds wonderful!

    Tommie~That’s too funny to hear your words coming out of his mouth…just know that your kiddos are always listening!

    Mom~yeah, we had more fun at home and lots more sleep too!

    Christine~I forgot how easy it is to get caught up in that peer pressure buying frenzy! I always want to kick myself when I end up buying dumb things.

    Renate~I haven’t quite gotten into the whole internet shopping thing yet. I’m too much of a hands-on person. I want to touch and feel everything. Shaun on the other hand…

    Jeff~That SO doesn’t count! You are supposed to be getting home at ten.

    Nora Bee~It’s a whole different ball game now.

  15. Amanda D says:

    Love this post! My sister and I go out every year (for the last few anyway) and some how I just don’t think it would be the same (or worth it) if she wasn’t there.

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