Today’s graphic is purely tongue-in-cheek. The fact is, I like Black Friday sales. I even went shopping last night when the Target store opened at 6:00pm on Thanksgiving to kick off the holiday retail season. I wasn’t the only one there, of course, there were likely more than a thousand people waiting in line to get a hot price on a TV, microwave, or giant 3-foot tall teddy bear ($10!).
A big part of the fun is watching the great multitude excitedly shopping. They want to be there. Even while they wait in line to get in, they are in high spirits, even singing Christmas songs. Ridiculous? Yes, but in the end, everyone goes happily goes home with a deal on something they wanted and probably find something else special they didn’t expect to find.
I didn’t go for anything in particular. My son and I look through the DVDs ($4 or $6) and I usually pick up something random. Last year was shoelaces. This year was a bottle of DayQuil. We also picked up a James Bond and a Star Trek movie. It’s been a few years since we bought a big electronic of any kind on Black Friday.
(Don’t worry, we went well after Thanksgiving dinner, spent time with our extended family, watched four quarters of football, and enjoyed a post-game nap)
Thankfully, no one seemed affected by the condescending talking heads on TV and radio that like to heap disdain on them for enjoying shopping on Thanksgiving or waking up early on Black Friday. The airwaves are full of self-righteous personalities that look down on the whole event. Last year I heard a smug radio host say that stores should stay closed on Thanksgiving “so that families can be home and heal together”. Really? I didn’t realize that cranberry relish and green bean casserole were quite so therapeutic.
Despite the positively fun and festive scene we witnessed (including cheerful employees in colorful sweaters with Christmas light necklaces), I’m sure the Black Friday scene will somehow still be painted as an ugly cultural food fight on the national news by Friday night. They will emphasize that online shopping is where it’s at nowadays. Completely lost will be the people like us who were thankful for the fun they were having in such a cheerfully riotous holiday scene.
It may not be your cup of tea, but best wishes for fun and merriment during the holiday season!
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