Years ago when my kids were little and there was no Internet and Black Friday was the shopping extravaganza of the entire year --
I was a Black Friday shopper.
My older sister and I would read the ads at my parents' house after Thanksgiving dinner and plan our strategy for the following day. Our children are the same age and we usually ended up looking for similar items and deals:
Teddy Ruxpin, Thundercat Action Figures, Ninja Turtles, Pogs, Legos, Lincoln Logs, Gameboy, NFL Logo satin jackets -- if you didn't manage to find it on Black Friday, you were shit-out-of-luck that Christmas.
So it was rather quite thrilling when you were one of the lucky ones to score a doorbuster special. We'd brag and gloat about our conquests to anyone and everyone that would listen -- up to and including Christmas Day.
How times have changed.
Black Friday has evolved into Gray Thursday and Cyber Monday is now Cyber Sunday.
Actually, I think the whole holiday buying frenzy begins about two weeks before Halloween, as much as I try not to notice.
Browsing for Halloween candy while listening to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in the background has become an acceptable part of the total holiday advertising experience.
When Black Friday Comes --
this year, I'll be at home, as I have been for the past few years, enjoying a quiet day on the farm.
With no small children or grandchildren to shop for, that's usually what it entails for me.
Yet I realize I'm likely in the minority. Making the holidays special for the little ones is still important and finding a great bargain is as crucial today as it was in my early Mommy years.
Perhaps more so.
When Black Friday Comes -- where will you be?
Has your holiday shopping experience changed over the years?
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