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Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday? No thanks

Yesterday was a lovely Thanksgiving, probably one of the best I've ever had. This was slightly surprising, as I expected to be homesick and sad not to be spending it with my family for the first time ever. But I wasn't. Yes, of course I would have loved to see my family and I do miss them, but Thanksgiving was perfect because it was relaxed and chill. It was quite nice to just do and be. In that rare space of peace, I was able to genuinely reflect on what I'm grateful for.

Today we got up at 10 o'clock. I made pumpkin pancakes topped with cranberry sauce. We watched some Food Network shows. I finally showered and dressed around noon. We talked with Hubs' family for awhile, ate some lunch and then walked to our neighborhood coffee shop, where we are now. We'll head home, gnosh on leftovers for dinner and continue to relax into the evening.

But wait, no shopping??

I don't do Black Friday. At least not in the wake-up-and-go-shop-at-3am sense (scoring deals online seems to be the safe, sensible alternative, imo). Not only do I find it completely unappealing to wake up at an ungodly hour to obtain sweet deals on the latest must-have gadgets, but I also hate the mentality behind the madness that BF has become. I just can't get on board with the out-of-control materialism that BF has bred in our society. Um, hello America? Literally stampeding over each other and even threatening to shoot fellow shoppers over iPads and iPods?? Total lamesauce. I don't want to be a part of that.

Okay, okay. I know that's the extreme-case scenario. I know (I hope) that most people are able to buy their dirt-cheap plasma TVs without imposing bodily harm on those around them. And c'mon, I'm not above the thrill of snagging shiney, pretty things on the cheap. I just take issue with how blown out of proportion BF has become... I remember years ago it was "stores open at 7am"... then "6am"... and earlier and earlier until encroaching into Thanksgiving evening itself. Let's find a little balance folks.

Alright, off my soapbox. If you're a loyal BF shopper, shop away my friend. It's just not for me. I'd rather kick it with loved ones and take care of me with some much-needed R&R. If I am in the market to shop for something, I'll do it online. Or wait for another day. If I'm not busy spending time with my peeps. Or taking a nap.

Like I said, this has been, and continues to be, one of the most satisfying holidays I've ever had. Let's see if I can maintain this through the New Year...

Happy Weekend!



  1. I vow to stay away from Black Friday madness, I just have no desire to go, but for the last few years I've always gone to Target just for fun. Usually it's at a time when the crowds are low and it's way past the madness. My Thanksgiving was fulfilling without it, but my sister in law and I had a hankering for new make-up and so we went.

    My husband shocked me this year by going to two malls with his brother to get some suits. Oh man, they look real good.

  2. A handsome husband in a new suit? Seems like a good trade-off to me ;)

  3. My mom and I went out because she couldn't stand to see me where the SAME couple of outfits anymore. Haha! I've avoided clothes shopping like the plague since I had the lil' lady bean. The mall wasn't crowded at all. It was crazy!

  4. I agree with you completely.

    I don't think I've ever gone black friday shopping. It just does not sound appealing to me.

    People can get crazy for the "sales" (that get worse every year) trying to get everything they can - less a day AFTER they say how much they are GRATEFUL for. I don't need or want anything bad enough to go out on black friday.