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Missing Black Friday tradition, but happy for sleep

Posted by on November 23, 2012 – 5:49 am

For the first time in three years, I’m out covering the “Black Friday” story for the newspaper. Last year’s adventure, (while always fun to meet people and see them go into the store first) left me with bronchitis. This year, I had bronchitis before Thanksgiving. That made a decision to let others cover the story a no-brainer.
So when my husband started suggesting WE go shopping, I have to say I was a bit of a Scrooge.
Instead, after eating up pumpkin pie, turkey and mashed potatoes (not necessarily in that order), taking a walk, watching the Disney channel with my middle daughter and catching up on my son’s Angry Birds adventure, I purchased three things online and went to bed.
We’re going ultra light this holidays for the kids for a number of reasons: from the fact that what they do want is expensive (read: one “I really want” gift for the kids, plus a few little others) to our budget to the fact that there’s already 1,000 things in my house that need to be gone!
I missed sharing shopping adventure stories with families and young adults waiting in line (really, it’s fun to see how inventive they get setting up “camp” in front of Best Buy). I loved talking to people who plan their days around this one event. Last year, I even found someone who drove from California for a television because the prices were better here (it helped that he had family in town to visit).

I guess you could say I loved the “hunt” for stories more than the “hunt” for sales.
If you did brave the crowds, I’d love to hear what you got and how the shopping went. And I hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving!

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