For the past few years, I have spent Black Friday shopping with my daughter. This year, the purse strings are tighter than they've been in about a decade. And, as I mentioned previously, I really am tired of Christmas being all about things. It shouldn't be. What it should be about is remembering why we have Christmas in the first place and spending time with our loved ones and appreciating the time we have with them.
This year for Black Friday, I am going to do something different. My daughter is already not going to go shopping (not because she doesn't want to, but because she was unable to get time off from work). So, this year, I'm spending Black Friday with my son. I think we'll do some of the same things my daughter and I have done in years past: get up ridiculously early, bundle up, go out into the throngs. But I think we'll skip the crazy shopping lines filled with little old ladies who'll club you over the head when you reach to grab the last $2 waffle iron. I think we'll still do breakfast (bagels and hot chocolate at Panera, maybe?) and even the time-honored traditional lunch at Olga's Kitchen. We may even buy something stocking stuffer-ish (new toothbrushes and the like). But no pouring over the ads, making a list of stuff that we don't really need. Instead, we'll spend time making memories and perhaps start a new tradition that includes talking more and spending less.
When we come home, I think we'll sit down and plan out how we'll celebrate the rest of the holiday season. There are plenty of fun activities if you take the time to look for them. Maybe we'll start by checking our local listings for the annual Christmas movies and shows. (=
So, how will you spend Black Friday? Any changes in store for you and yours? Or have you managed to avoid the hullabaloo thus far? Any tips, tricks, or favorite traditions you'd like to share?