I survived another Black Friday followed by more bargain hunting on Saturday. Actually Black Friday shopping starts on Thursday now days. As I have said before, I don't like change. I liked Black Friday better when it started in the early hours the Friday after Thanksgiving. Apparently, people do not agree with me so I have to go with the majority. I guess shopping all night helps us walk off the Thanksgiving turkey and dressing.
I have observed shoppers seem to be in a better mood late on Thursday than early hours on Friday.
I really debated this year if I would continue my Black Friday tradition. I have been a faithful member of the masses for many years. Since I recently celebrated another birthday, which added up to 67 celebrations, I was not sure if I was really up to it. After Thanksgiving lunch and cleaning up the dishes, I decided I could make it one more year.
As I have shared before, my family thinks I am totally crazy because I really don't mind the crowds of Black Friday. I have really met some nice people standing in those long lines. This year two nice women were in front of us (cousins: one from Jonesboro and one from Dallas). One of the ladies shared her chair with me so I could sit some during my two hours in line.
We saw a friend of ours early in the shopping. He said he gets a buggy, sits in his chair and his wife shops and brings the items to him. So at the 6 o'clock check out time, he is among the first in line andready to go. When he left, he brought his chair to the back of the line so my husband could sit during his wait.
I sometimes get bargains to stretch my Christmas budget and I did manage to get a few this year. If a person is going to go out there and not enjoy, complain about the lines and the crowds, they really need to shop another time. If I get one of the bargains I am looking for I am happy. If I am too late, so be it.
Another observation -- if I am crazy, there were a lot of crazy people out there. I was not out there by myself.
I have to admit I am a little slower. Two years ago we left about 2 p.m. on Thursday and got home around noon on Friday. Last year we started at the same time but had to come home after 10 hours or so. We slept a while and then went back around noon on Friday. This year we got home about 4 a.m.
Some of my friends did their Black Friday shopping online. It is a good way to get the job done without all of the long lines but I have never had a lot of success with it. I have not tried the Black Friday shopping on line but when I have tried to order on line other times I always hit something wrong and end up having to start all over. I would be the first one to say I am not too good with technology and also, me and my computer are very old.
Yesterday was Cyber Monday and I am sure a lot of people took advantage of the day. It is probably a very smart way to shop but it really is not for me. I am one of those people who still want to have the "real” book in my hand when I am reading.
I think I would miss the in-store experience and visiting with the other people standing in long lines.
My husband and I started the Black Friday shopping tradition years ago. Each year I wonder if we will have one more Black Friday in us and so far we have managed to keep up the tradition.
The one thing I do miss is buying toys for little ones. My grandchildren range from 11 to 22. They have all outgrown the little baby dolls with carriages, pedal cars, tricycles, and even the battery charged cars. I do miss shopping in the toy departments for the little ones.
At one time I did not like gift cards or cash as Christmas gifts. I have come around and see the advanges of letting older grandchildren pick out what they want. True, many times we can get more for our money on the after Christmas sales.
We need to get our running shoes on because December is only a few days away. Christmas parades, church presentations, cantatas, band concerts, choir concerts, basketball games, shopping, family/friend gatherings, decorating, baking, wrapping, and many other activities will keep us busy.
Because we are so busy, it seems a short time span from Thanksgiving to Christmas.
Let's not get too caught up in the hustle and bustle to remember the true meaning of Christmas. I love the Christmas season. I like the music, lights, decorations, and family time. I like to meditate on why we celebrate. Through it all, I like to go back to "Jesus is the reason for the season."