Black Friday has never been an activity that I ever cared to participate in. Getting up in the middle of the night to stand in God-awful lines for hours outside in the freezing cold or possibly rain or snow, when a reasonable person would be sleeping? No, thank you. Then when you do get inside? More lines.
Apparently, if you want to purchase the more expensive gifts for Christmas or Hanukkah, it is the way to go. If you didn’t participate in the craziness, here are a few news stories about the insane crowds in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where they were in line at 9am on Thanksgiving morning even before turkey dinner. In New York and even online hot items went out of stock as quickly as the doors opened.
My point is, this year our daughter really wanted to go black Friday shopping with Dee. Several years in a row she had taken our niece Franny shopping. This year Franny was away at college and was not around so Alex insisted it was her turn. I kept saying it was way too early for her to go because she is too young.
So, Dee got her up at 3:30am and left the house at 4am. I heard the lines were not as long as in the articles above and so they moved through several stores quickly. They went to Kohl’s, Target, Walmart and Best Buy. We thought for sure the lines in Walmart would be incredible because they had already set up a metal fence for the potential of long lines outside the store on Wednesday but there weren’t any in the early morning as expected. Interestingly enough, when I went back to Kohl’s with them later in the day to return an item, the checkout lines were wrapped around the inside of the store!
I got up at 7:30 and put on the coffee and started making breakfast and they came back bearing many bags around 8:30am. She did get her second wind when she came back and even though she was tired she refused to nap later in the day. Dee did though for over an hour.
I am very glad there are two more days to go before she has to go back to school and I’m sure she is glad too. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
NOTE: I’m sure many parents have their own opinions as to whether or not to bring their children Black Friday shopping as I do, I looked to see what the experts are suggesting. This could be the opportunity for parents to teach kids how to behave, and how not to behave or that it is not worth losing the sleep to stay up and go out for early morning shopping.