To Brave the Black Friday Crowds…or Hide

Now that it’s over, I hope everyone enjoyed a Thanksgiving filled with lots of good food, scores of family and friends, and an ample supply of disposable dishes, silverware and aluminum pans…so that you weren’t stuck at the sink for too long afterward.

My family spent the afternoon at my sister’s, which means I’ll be putting my own bird in the oven tomorrow (so my daughter can eat the coveted leftovers for three days).   Anyway…my sister is a very good cook, and we had a very nice time.  But watching my nephew go back for seconds and thirds (and I’m fairly sure I saw a ‘fourths’ in there somewhere), plus dessert, I truly wished I had the metabolism that young man possesses.  Instead, my stomach was a little queasy simply imagining it that full of food.

The information on YouTube says this is from the 1960’s.  How cute!

But now the holiday is over and, for many people, the most anticipated even of the year is nearly here.

Yes, folks, Black Friday is finally upon us…(cue ominous background music)

I guess I’m a freak of nature because, except for Hallmark and book stores, I’ve never really enjoyed shopping.  Especially when I know there will be larger than usual crowds.  The only exception would be the day after Christmas sales, and that’s limited to once every two or three years in order to stock up on gift wrapping supplies, cards and decorations at half price.  Right now I’m good to go until December 26, 2013.

For others though, Black Friday is to women what the Superbowl is to men.  More exciting than any holiday there is – or ever could be.  They will map their shopping route based on which stores have the best sales, trying to anticipate availability of the items on their wish lists.

When they talk about it, their eyes seem to glaze over, like they’re off in shopping heaven.  A place that’s full of piped in Christmas music and hoards of other shoppers, with visions of the warm and fuzzy feelings they’ll get as they empty their checking account, or run up charge card bills they’ll be paying off for the next year.

My daughter is such a Justin Bieber fan I just had to use this video.  Besides, it’s helping to promote a good cause-The Make a Wish Foundation.

So to all of you who will be braving the traffic, and tens of thousands of people who also live for this special day, be safe, save lots…and have a ball!

Only 30 shopping days until Christmas.

So let’s have a head count.  Who will be heading out with the masses and what time will you get started?  And who is like me and will avoid the stores and sales like the plague?

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