My Advice for Surviving Black Friday: Stay Home!
To be honest (actually, I hate when people say that because shouldn’t one always be honest?), all of the Black Friday hysteria confuses me. Black Friday used to mean stores opening earlier than usual on the Friday after Thanksgiving and providing their best deals of the year. Now, however, some stores are opening on Thanksgiving night, forcing employees to cut their time with families short so that they can go to work to sell electronics and other items to bargain hunters. Just typing about it makes me tired!
Want to know my advice for surviving Black Friday? It’s simple–stay home! We’re fortunate to live in an age during which we don’t have to leave the house to get a jump on our holiday shopping. You can grab a cup of hot cocoa or tea, jump on your computer (many retailers now offer free shipping!), and avoid being trampled by others as Christmas carolers stand by singing about peace on earth and good will towards men. I have also read that better deals may actually be available a week or two AFTER Black Friday. Did I mention that I was confused?
Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for the non-material things in our lives: our family, our friends, our health, our freedom. If you still want to go out on this holiday (and believe me, I understand the art of the deal), then I ask that you please do one favor for me: do not leave the house until it’s actually Friday! Stay home on Thanksgiving night and fall asleep in front of the television with a half a piece of pecan pie in front of you. The deals will still be waiting for you at 4 am on Friday.
Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!