Where Deb Linda Won’t Be on Black Friday

I know today is (in the States at least) traditionally Shopping Holiday Insanity Time. (Hmm. Now, there’s an acronym just waiting to be adopted…) But I’m afraid I won’t be participating in the madness.

Not that I don’t love tradition — just not nearly as much as I hate shopping. Even on the non-insane days. So here’s where I won’t be:

 

 

So, to all you crazies out there courageously acquitting yourselves on the retail battlefield today, I salute your bravery. May your elbows be sharp and your haul be bountiful.

As for me, I’ll be sitting here sipping tea in my pajamas, making my online shopping list for Cyber Monday. Which, coincidentally, will also find me in my PJs, sipping tea, while “shopping.” No sharp elbows necessary.

What’s your stance on Black Friday shopping? Dive right in and win those bargains? Or throw a blanket over your head and hide until it’s over?

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  1. Oh. My. Gravy. I’m firmly anti-crowd and anti-shopping, so this is just about my worst nightmare. I actually avoid malls for most of December (okay, I mostly avoid malls altogether, but ESPECIALLY in December) and am so delighted to be able to buy pretty much anything I need online. YAY INTERNET-made especially for crowd-hating introverts!

  2. I’m definitely in the blanket category. In fact, let’s make a fort out of the blanket, drink tea and read by flashlight!
    I hate shopping as a rule also. I thought I was going to have to go out to one store but I found what I would have gotten cheaper on amazon.com and I didn’t have to get up at the butt crack of dawn. Yay.
    Also still full from yesterday!

    1. Ooooh, reading by flashlight in a blanket fort sounds like a great way to spend Black Friday! Add some leftover pie to the tea, and I’m there!

  3. I’m firmly in the anti-shopping camp, too. I’ll fight to acquire something, or I’ll pay to acquire something, but I won’t do both.

    We don’t have the same Black Friday madness up here in Canada, but Boxing Day sales are a close second. I went once. Never again. 🙂

    1. The day after Christmas is another day I prefer to spend holed up at home, away from the holiday madness. I love holidays, but the quiet afterward is truly where I find my bliss.

  4. I can’t stand it. It’s a horrible tradition. I love Thanksgiving weekend and this ruins the relaxing nature of it for the poor retail employees who have to work long hours on what should be a holiday for them. There aren’t enough shopping hours in the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas?

  5. I’m sticking to my tradition of not shopping the day after Thanksgiving. But, it is payday and that means I have to brave the traffic and get horse feed and dog food. It can wait until long after the up-all-night shoppers are out of the stores and off the roads.

    Plenty of time for another cup of tea and another slice of pie.

  6. Personally, I don’t enjoy shopping even on normal days. I have to flog myself just to go out to Ann Taylor Loft 3 or 4 times a year and buy a couple new outfits.

    I am an internet shopper and a proud Amazon Prime member.

    The thought of being shoulder to shoulder with people who will MACE you just to get an x-box sends me fleeing back to my little writing den.

    1. I know! The story about the woman who used pepper spray on her fellow shoppers at Walmart? Hubs called it “assault and pepper.” *wry grin* No thanks. Not for me.

  7. I guess I’m the only intrepid shopper around. I was out there last night giving tips to all the noobs. It’s partly the challenge, partly the fact that I can’t afford not to do it. Also, as one who was in retail for years, we poor retail folk have always had to work the holidays. It’s part of the job. In fact, I always volunteered because 1) I had no kids at the time, so it was no skin of my nose, and 2) EXTRA MONEY!

    1. Yay! I was hoping we’d get a representative from the Dark–er, I mean other–side. I admire your fortitude in the face of the holiday madness! 🙂 And I’m sure you get your shopping done a lot sooner than I do every year.

  8. I never shop on Black Friday! How do I spend it? Why, eating leftovers, visiting with family, and this year…drinking my sister-in-law’s awesome homemade plum wine! Shopping? Bah, I’ll do it online in a few weeks. Hope you had a good one, Linda!

    1. I did, thanks. And homemade plum wine sounds delicious! I’d much rather hang out at home drinking that than hit the malls. Though, come to think of it, if you simply must hit the malls, maybe the plum wine would help.

  9. I hid. There was NO way I was going out. I went out once or twice in the past. It’s exhausting and kind of mood crushing. Plus, they were always out of what I really wanted anyway.

    I totally chilled out–no Christmas decorations were put up either. Not feeling the holiday yet.

  10. I am so anti-shopping Ithink I may have lost that female chromosome somewhere on the way out of the birth canal. Black Friday would be my personal Hell on Earth. People turn into monsters and the whole “stimulate the economy” thing is a gimmick. Glad to see that I’m not alone in my sanity saving sentiments! 😉

    1. LOL! Yeah, I think I lack the shopping gene, too. Well, except when it comes to book stores and office supply stores. I could wander through those forever.

  11. hi miss linda and miss deb! for sure not me or not one of my brothers got out on that black friday. we stayed at home and got pizza and watched football. my sister and some of her friends went at the mall and got back alive. ha ha. that video is fun watching but for sure im glad i wasnt in it.
    …hugs from lenny

    1. Hi there, Lenny! Sounds like you had a great Thanksgiving. You and your brothers, anyway. But maybe your sister had fun in her own way, too. Different strokes for different folks, huh? 🙂

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