I’ve never been one to go out on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving that’s the unofficial start to the Christmas shopping season. Besides, Black Friday has gotten kind of gray and fuzzy over the years, with “Early Bird Black Friday Sales” starting sooner and sooner.  It wouldn’t surprise me if, before too long, we’ll be seeing Black Friday sales advertised during the Labor Day weekend.

Still, Black Friday remains enormously popular, and I know a number of people who make shopping on this day an annual event. They usually come home thrilled with the enormous savings they got on items they were planning to buy anyway. This is great for people who know what they want before they go, and know exactly where to get it for the best price on Black Friday – provided they get there before the store is sold out of the item, and if they’re willing to fight the increasingly violent and determined crowds who may be after the same thing.

This seems like way too much work to me.

I prefer to spend Black Friday relaxing at home – or wherever it is I’m spending the holiday weekend – enjoying leftover turkey and a lazy day with my family. Now that our kids are grown and gone, with one of them living in Minnesota and the other in Florida, we don’t get to see everyone at the same time, or at every holiday. So whenever we get to see one or the other – as we do this Thanksgiving weekend – I cherish the time even more. And it gives me one more thing to be thankful for.

Whether you are a Black Friday enthusiast, a low-key lounger, or anything in between, I hope this day, this Thanksgiving weekend, and the entire holiday season is rewarding and enjoyable for you and your family.

November 29, 2019
©Betty Liedtke, 2019

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