Black Friday Shopping

Yesterday I took my dog for a walk in a nearby park. It was a pretty day, warm and sunny, and we both enjoyed the outing. Of course, I can’t resist taking a picture or two.
Some of the pretty fall colors.
A creek ran through it.
Dusty waits patiently while I take pictures. Good dog!
As we all know, today is the biggest retail day of the year for most retail stores, but it has rarely been a day for me to shop before now. I hated fighting crowds for the latest and greatest new thing, and what it has evolved into in the past thirty or so years has skewed the whole point of Holiday shopping. I wrote the following back in 2010, and while some of it no longer applies – maybe – some of it does. 

I remember a time when shopping the day after Thanksgiving was fun. A lot of people were doing the same thing, but there was no pushing, no shouting, no mad rush to get the latest must-have toy, and nobody grabbing it out of your hands once you had it.

For the most part, everyone was relaxed and in a Holiday mood. Smiles were exchanged and clerks and cashiers wished everyone a Happy Holiday. It always made me think of the wonderful Christmas song, “Silver Bells”, and I could imagine we’d entered some magical place where people passed “meeting smile after smile. And on every street corner you’ll hear…”

It was also a time when stores opened at a normal time, and people came and went, then more people came and went. Stores did not open at some ungodly hour in the AM, so shoppers had to set alarms to get there on time. Folks also didn’t camp out in parking lots and on sidewalks for days to be the first ones in. And they didn’t stampede into a store and injure other people in their desperation need to make sure they got the best deals offered.

For most of this past week, we were bombarded with reminders of this all important retail day. The media made a big deal out of Black Friday, airing what I’m sure they thought were cute human-interest stories about what people were doing to prepare. Plus there were all the ads from department stores, and it seemed like they were competing to see who could open the earliest. Some were even open on Thanksgiving and just stayed open all night and into today.

Watching this all unfold, I realized that Thanksgiving is getting lost. Think of all the retail personnel who were not able to truly celebrate the day because they had to get ready for The Big Day. And what about all the people who opted out of getting together with family at all because they preferred to be the first in line at Best Buy. One local man was interviewed on television and said, “Sorry, Grandma, we’re not coming for Thanksgiving.”

He laughed. The news anchors laughed. But I wanted to call up Grandma and tell her how sorry I was that her family preferred the X-Box over her.

Thankfully, more stores are offering Black Friday deals for online shopping, and I’ll be doing a bit of gift-buying today from the comfort of my office. What about you? Will you be braving crowds and going out to shop? Whatever you decide to do, be safe and be happy.

2 thoughts on “Black Friday Shopping”

    1. Dusty is always so good about waiting while I take pictures, so I often end with taking a picture of him. I don’t always post them as he is usually in the same pose. LOL I bought a couple os small things that I needed that were discounted yesterday, but even the online shopping was a bit of a hassle. Maybe because it just wasn’t a good day for me and I needed to be outside again while the weather was nice.

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