Black Friday, is made out to be the most awaited time of the year. Thanksgiving is often overpowered by the commercials for Black Friday. You wake up Thursday morning, and if you get the paper, it is full of store “specials”, of course everything is in the fine print! Like 55″ TV $199, but the catch – there are only 10 available in the store.
I must admit, I have participated in the Black Friday frenzy, but not to the extreme like the people who camped out since Monday at Best Buy. This year I had no plans of going, but my 13-year-old thought it would be fun. So for the fifth time in my life, I got up at 4am, not by choice but by my daughter standing over my bed saying, “Mom, get up,” and off we went.
Of course, 4am this year was late by Black Friday standards. So many stores were opening at 12am, and some were open for Thanksgiving. Which really stunk, because my son had to work, but luckily he got off in time for Thanksgiving dinner. Unluckily for him, he was back at work this morning! It is just wrong. Have we as a country become so materialized that even holidays are not respected anymore? What’s next, Christmas? The worst part is that stores were not even that busy, and the thought of all those employees missing time with their families!
So back to our shopping. My daughter, who like all of us eat too much, was feeling sick but still wanted to continue on! We ended up shopping for a whole 2 hours, and at two whole stores. Why? Well, for one the SUPER buys were surely gone by the time we got there (4:30), and the other – it was a complete mess! She was happy though. She got to get some cool stuff she wanted at Hollister and American Eagle. I on the other hand did not even bother looking. I did the smart thing – I shopped online! I got my son his Christmas present at a good deal from Best Buy Online without having to leave the house at midnight, or wait in line for DAYS! And when we got home, I found some cool deals on boots and jeans!
So Black Friday, I say goodbye to you! I refuse to wake up early again! I also hope my son gets out of retail so next year he can be home with us. I must say, I feel for all the young kids working since 10pm Thanksgiving who were so tired they could no longer think clearly, or were so hyped up on caffeine drinks that they were going 100MPH!
- 7 Fascinating Black Friday Infographics (hubspot.com)
” Can’t believe Thanksgiving is in two days!”, is what I am hearing from a lot of people, and it did come upon us very quickly. Even so, it is one of our great holidays, not only because we can eat and eat and not feel (too) guilty, but also because we can take an entire day to give thanks for all the blessings in our lives. As a nation right now we are going through difficult times, but nonetheless there are many things to be grateful for. Especially, for all the men and women in our military that are away from their families to protect our way of life. Also, for living in a country where we are able to be who we are, and voice our opinions.
As a mother of four, I am thankful for my wonderful children and that they are healthy beautiful kids who have made, and hopefully continue to make good choices for their lives. They were an awesome gift from God that I can never imagine not having in my life. They grew up in what seems to have been a blink of an eye, but they will all always be my babies. I told my youngest he could not get older than 3- years- old, but he said,” Mommy but I want to grow up.” God bless all of them.
I am also thankful for my wonderful husband, and the wonderful life we have together. He is definitely my soul mate. After almost twenty years of marriage, we still laugh together and want to spend time together like we did when we met in high school. That, is a blessing to be very thankful for.
I also very thankful for all our family and friends, who make our lives more lively and joyful.They are always there in times of need, and always there to inspire us.
So, on this Thanksgiving holiday, while preparing a turkey feast and thinking about “what time will I get up to shop for Black Friday deals”, don’t forget to say I love you to the ones you love, and be thankful for family and friends. Help the ones that are less fortunate than we are, and share our blessings with others.
From my family to yours, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!
Wow! Doesn’t it seem like the holidays for 2010 just went by? Of course, we say that every year, just like we say “man time just flew by faster this year”. But really, it did!
What really makes me nuts though, is not that the holidays seem to come faster and faster, but that stores want to make it start earlier and earlier! There is no more waiting for November to see Thanksgiving stuff, and December for Christmas stuff – nope there is just October and all stuff. Now even the Black Friday Deals are coming sooner!
Well enough of the crazy marketing talk. Lets talk food!! Who else cannot wait for the perfectly browned juicy turkey with stuffing and gravy? Oh man I can’t! Cooking thanksgiving dinner is my favorite! And then having all our friends and family sit and have a delicious meal, while recounting all the things we are and have been grateful for, AWESOME! No wonder they want to rush for the holidays to come–it’s for the FOOD!
So let’s think about all that food we will be cooking, and then eating until we can barely get out of our chairs. About all the laughs we will have with our loved ones. Most importantly of all, let us be thankful for all the blessings we have received throughout the year, and all the people who have made our lives better. Then, after all that……………….we can make sure we set the alarm to get to all the deals on time!
Check out the 2011 Black Friday site: http://www.2011blackfridayads.com ……….