Black Friday – the official opening of the Christmas Shopping Season.
The Friday after Thanksgiving Day is the busiest shopping day of the year. Unbelievable bargains and unbelievable mobs of crazed shoppers make for utter madness at every store and every shopping center and mall. A madness that I have never experienced – and never will. Not even the prospect of $300.00 off on the 50-inch HDTV I want to get for my front room will tempt me!
Every store opens early, some even at 4 AM, with mobs of deranged shoppers prepared to stampede the poor souls assigned to open the doors. My nephew’s wife posted on Facebook at 6 AM this morning that she had already hit two stores and while she was preparing to enter a third, her hubby was in a line at Office Depot. Bless her soul, I love her to death – she is ordinarily a real sweetheart, but I would not dare to get in her way this day. I have been in her presence on another, but less wild, morning at 6 AM hitting the big day-after Christmas sales – it is not a pretty sight!
From now through after New Year’s Day I will not go to a mall or shopping center on weekends or in the evenings after 5 PM. It is almost impossible to find a parking spot, its crowded and noisy – and at every checkout station you will face apparently endless lines. It is one of the great things about being retired – I can shop at 10 AM or 2 PM during the Christmas Season. It is still crowded but tolerable.
Here are my two newspapers’ Thursday editions (The Miami Herald and The South Florida Sun-Sentinel) stuffed with ads for Black Friday sales.delivered Thanksgiving morning.