The Meeting Places – Blur the Line
We are not Black Friday shoppers. For one thing, we’re not morning people. Being in line at 6am to go shopping sounds like a nightmare to me. It’s also pretty rare that I’m in the market for anything that might be on one of those big sales. Plus the crowds, the short tempers, really, there’s just no appeal.
I know the day after Thanksgiving has long been the unofficial start of the Christmas season, or at least the shopping season, but I don’t like the way it’s been creeping in sooner every year. I noticed several stores that made a point of opening at 6pm on Thanksgiving day. How shitty would that be for the people working there? I guess they would at least get paid double time but I would sure feel cheated if it were me.
When I was growing up we would all go to my grandparents’ in Connecticut for Thanksgiving. My mom’s from a big family too and there would be lots of uncles and aunts and cousins. I remember years when we had the grown-ups table, the kids table, and the spill-over table when there wasn’t enough room at either to fit everyone. The day after was always time to hang with the family members you didn’t see often and play with the weird old toys at grandma’s house.
Perhaps if we’d stayed home for Thanksgiving, and the day after was just us in our own house, shopping would have become something that made sense when you had a day off anyway. But that was never our custom and I like having a little buffer between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I like taking the time to just enjoy it before rushing onto the next holiday.
Three cheers for a bit of a buffer! We spent money on nothing yesterday other than coffee and hot chocolate at DD, and a bit of gas for the car, so that we could go visit dear friends who are toughing it out without power. Beat “Black Friday” all hollow!
I did get a haircut yesterday and a grocery store run was made to fill out the leftovers for dinner but that was it. My mother’s neighbor lost power for the better part of Thanksgiving day but I hope your friends are back on the grid soon. One sunny day with temps above freezing isn’t too bad but more than that is rough.
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