The controversy continues on.
Especially the shopping on Thanksgiving bit.
First, let me say (as most of you already know) Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love everything about it!
I love all the busyness that I put on myself by creating traditions with my immediate family. I love getting together with my extended family and all that goes with that. I love watching the little kids beat on the pinata. I love watching the teenagers express their competitiveness during the tape ball and of course we cannot forget the adults and kids intermingling while fighting for B-I-N-G-O. I LOVE it ALL!
But despite my love for Thanksgiving, I also love shopping on Black Friday. Now you need to understand that I am not a shopper by any stretch of the imagination, but I am all about getting a good deal!
There was a time when all of my kids were little that it was about getting the best deal. We were a large family on a small budget. I always used Black Friday to get all of my Christmas shopping done in one shot. But it has turned in to much more than that.
Our first time braving the crowds was crazy. I can remember my Mom, Aunt Linda, cousin/best friend Brandy, and I getting to Target at 4am in the freezing cold just so we could get the prize upon entering the store. I think it was a cheesy snow globe. Those were the good ole’ days. All the stores closed Thursday afternoon and did not open until Friday morning with crazy doorbuster prices.
Everyone was there for the same thing. Everyone was kind, polite, and having fun. People were helping each other. It was an experience that I was happy to be apart of.
Then there was a shift. Not sure what happened or what caused it but the thinking became everyone for themselves. People became rude, mean, and downright nasty. We still had fun because we were together and we had added more friends to our shopping excursion, but dealing with the crowds were no so fun.
Then came the addition of opening “Black Friday” on Thanksgiving evening. Although, I was not pleased we still went and we had a good time and the first year the attitude of the shoppers on Thanksgiving was great. It was the second year that the rudeness came back in full force. But that didn’t stop us from having fun. As a matter of fact Brandy and I stayed out all night shopping. We laughed so hard and had so much fun In the morning we met the rest of our party in the morning and literally shopped until we dropped!
We have a couple of traditions in our Black Friday adventures. We pig out on candy, but not just any candy. We always have Ande’s mints and the chewy peppermint nougat candies with the Christmas tree in the middle. Do you know what I am talking about? Yummy peppermint goodness. It’s making my mouth water just thinking about them! We always eat lunch at the Olive Garden…bring on the bread sticks! We just have a great time being together, laughing, teasing and playing around.
Now, with the accessibility of online shopping it has changed our approach to our Black Friday shopping. I have literally been in the store looking at a line with a 2 hour wait. No worries. Whip out the phone and order it right there. Done…no waiting in line. It is also great for price comparisons. I found an item at Fred Meyer (can’t tell you in case my teenagers read this post 🙂 ) that seemed very high priced. Boom a quarter of the cost on Amazon and it actually showed up today…the next day. Oh yeah!
The online game has taken the pressure off on getting the deal, but it has made our shopping day so much more fun. No pressure. No stress. Just me and my favorite ladies laughing, eating, and just having fun! It is the best. That is why I shop Black Friday and even on Thanksgiving.
I have to thank my husband for all these years of holding the fort down while I am out shopping and being with my friends. It is such a blessing to me! There is also the excitement in the kids when I come home. They have to go hide their eyes in the kitchen while I unload all the gifts. They are so giddy with excitement. It is the end of a crazy fun day!