Black Is My Heart

Y’all, as I write this I am sitting here stuffed from a ridiculous amount of food. I am pretty sure I will be back for fourthsΒ any minute now never eat again. Football is playing on the TV, and the children are being unbelievably loud and energetic given that all they consumed were a few bites of turkey and the chewy insides of about 4 small sized dinner rolls. (Kids and their high metabolisms just don’t fully appreciate the Thanksgiving calories-don’t-count-today free-for-all).

As I lay like a beached whale on my couch tonight, the mere thought of re-buttoning my jeans and venturing out to stores is enough to make me reach for another plate of sweet potatoes. Which I will do, as soon as I have switched into my stretchiest, or “most enabling”, pajama bottoms.

When I saw on the news this week that there were people who had been camped out in front of Best Buys across the country for days on end, I honestly thought the Mayans might be right. Maybe the world is ending after all. Because, y’all, seriously, what kind of deal on a flat screen TV would be so amazing that you would voluntarily miss pumpkin pie? Are people getting them for free or something? Does sleeping on the cold, hard concrete come with a year’s supply of canned cranberry sauce and a 55 million inch plasma screen?

Before the invention of internet shopping from the comfort of your own pajamas, I could *almost* understand why the 4 a.m. door buster sale might be an option. I mean, maybe you are sick and tired of the latest story of Aunt Sally’s bunions, so you use the excuse of needing to be at Toys R Us before the doors open in order to grab the latest Rock-N-Roll Elmo for $1. Perhaps there is the thrill of victory knowing you beat a thousand other people to the five remaining Cabbage Patch Kids, and your little angel will be the chosen one come Christmas morning. Running through the aisles of Wal-Mart while the rest of the world sleeps seems like the perfect way to burn off all the extra calories from the gravy.

But, here is the thing…These days you can accomplish the same adrenaline rush with the click of a computer mouse while wearing your coziest socks and sipping from a hot cup of coffee. If you are lucky enough to have a laptop, you can probably even do it all from the comfort of your bed.

So, I wonder then, what is the appeal? Now that you can shop online, why bother ever going to a store again? Especially on the day after the most filling meal of the entire year. Am I missing something here? [Don’t look at me! I even buy my laundry detergent online. I’d rather give up Starbucks than shop on Black Friday. -Lisa]

No really, feel free to fill me in if I’m not seeing the obvious benefit to battling throngs of people in the cold for the best deal on an X Box 360. But use small, easy to understand words, since the tryptophan has kicked in.

 


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Black Is My Heart — 58 Comments

  1. I’m so with you here and I also the button on fb that said something like, “I’m not shopping tonight because if I do, someone has to work and I am keeping them from their family.”

    Good point, but really, it’s more that I’d rather die than be in those crowds when I could be home in my comfortable bed!

  2. I cannot imagine the deal that would have me camping out in the cold. (Especially when there is no gaurantee that it will be there when you finally do make it through the doors.) It’s way more convenient to shop online. :)

    • Exactly Kim! The fact that you could camp out in the cold and then STILL not get the fancy TV for $3 or whatever would throw me straight over the edge!

  3. No thanks!! I guess if it was something that someone wanted more than anything else in the world, they could rationalize it… but the thing is, the thing I want more than anything in the world usually is to just go lay down. So that’s why those kinds of shopping things seem like torture to me.

    • Robin, yes, that exactly. There is never a day that the thing I don’t want most in the world is a nap! πŸ˜‰ So, yeah, Black Friday clearly is not for me!

  4. Robin’s comment about only wanting to lay down made me giggle – so true!
    I have done all of my shopping for the holidays online for years. The only thing that kept me from not doing so ALWAYS were the shipping fees which are usually free during the season.
    A few friends of mine headed out last night – one left at 6pm to get back home at 3am – for them it is usually all about the deal and sharing the tradition of the ritual with another family member. I am thinking that if my mom/sister want another annual ritual with me then why don’t we do a RE-GORGE Stuffed Friday and just dig back into our left overs but this go around we all suit up in our stretchy pants. Now that might be something I would consider throw in a few girly flicks and I will ink it for next year on the calendar…

    • Your idea of a tradition sounds perfect and kind of like what my sister and I wound up doing last night! Leftovers and girly flicks…yep, that is the ticket! :)

  5. Sounds like you had a great thanksgiving dinner :)

    I personally don’t like shopping online. I need to see and touch everything before I buy them. But being in socks, in bed with a coffee does sound nice. I might have to try shopping like that sometime.

    • I can definitely see that with some things for sure…being able to actually compare and contrast is important! However, I do recommend you give the online shopping a try sometime…you won’t be sorry! πŸ˜‰

  6. I think it was last year that many retailers were trying like crazy to get people to buy online instead of shopping at their stores so that they could give employees time off. Plus they didn’t want all the “drama” that comes with the Black Friday sales. I imagine it is pure craziness. We use to do Black Friday shopping in Charolette, NC malls, but that was well over 10 years ago now long before the Internet was as popular as it is now a days. Many companies are honoring Black Friday offers ONLINE as well as in person.

    I don’t understand why anyone would camp out in front of stores either!!

    Great post!!

    • I have already hit Amazon three times today on stuff I know the kids want! I love that stores with online sites are honoring the in store sales…best of both worlds as far as I am concerned! :)

  7. Good cloumn! I’m glad you got you eat your fill and then some. I can’t imagine trying to fight the hordes today. I went by a Wal Mart on the way home last night about 8:00 and the parking lot was completely full. It was scary.

  8. You just made me realize that I really, really, REALLY want to go put on my pajamas. I never go shopping on Black Friday because I’m still spending time with my extended family. πŸ˜‰

    • I hope I was the inspiration for you putting on your pajamas! In fact, if I could provide that kind of inspiration for the world, I would know my job is complete! πŸ˜‰

  9. My sisters were laughing hysterically about the “deals” and the small print about how each store has a “only 3 per store” while there are thousands lined up outside! HA! Seriously? Um, yeah…we laughed and sat stuffed and stretched and yawning… as my sister had her laptop on her lap buying deals on line. :)

    • Exactly. What kind of deal is that?? Glad y’all were sensible enough to just enjoy each other’s company instead! :)

  10. Not having any money, I stay home and off retail sites, LOL…but seriously it is too crazy to go out and shop on holidays…I rather be home enjoying my family and friends….no deal is better than that.

  11. Totally agree with you! I have never done Black Friday shopping and now that there is the internet, I never will. I woke up at 8:00 am (Leo let me sleep in) and I found a Black Friday deal being honored online for the electronic thingy that Tommy wants and got a great deal, while in pajamas, from the comfort of my own bed with a giant cup of hot chocolate. Success!

    • Totally did the same thing yesterday (minus the sleeping in, as the kids were back to school, thank God!). Love the internet! :)

  12. I spent Black Friday in my Blue Snuggie. I’m pretty sure I napped most of the day away. I’ve never been much of a shopper anyways. Add a few hundred crazed gift hunters and I’m out!

  13. I’ll admit it, I took advantage of Black Friday. But all on Etsy! I avoid all large shops between Thanksgiving and Christmas with a vengeance now. I can’t deal with it. I now try to buy all my holidays presents online (usually small businesses); small, local shops; or try to make my presents. So much more gratifying and less stress-inducing!

    • I am all about the online shopping! And I actually just placed an order for a special gift on Etsy! I definitely like supporting small businesses! :)

  14. I was really thinking about it this year, guess I do every year, but this year seemed dumber than usual. Just didn’t look like very good deals. But every store that opened early had long lines, it was a lot of people, so I think some people just enjoy this. To answer your question, I think that yes, you are missing something, the enjoyment of physical combat, mano a mano.

  15. The thought of going to the mall during the “normal” holiday season as opposed to Black Friday is enough to make me want to hit myself in the head with a baseball bat.

    When absolutely necessary I am happy to make an appearance at these places, but otherwise the internet works just fine in my house.

    • I laughed out loud at your first paragraph!
      So far I have managed to find everything I want to buy on the internet! :)

  16. I don’t see the appeal of Black Friday shopping. At least, not now. It seems like you can score the same deals later online.

    I STILL don’t see what was such a good deal at Best Buy to camp out that long.

  17. My bubble is right there next to your bubble! I even wrote a post called, “There is no Black Friday for me…EVER!”. I too think it’s ridiculous to camp out, wait in line and be cold when you can do everything online!

  18. Sad to say Black Friday has hit Canada, while grocery shopping today I overheard someone saying there was a line up at Target for the deals. I looked at the deals, nothing I wanted or needed, and I expect the same of most of the queue of people lining up as well. It’s the “there is a deal so I must buy it” syndrome.

  19. Just got a call from my Mom. She was in full throttle. “Go get yourself a fridge! They’re 50% off!” Thank you Mom. I would but I don’t need to replace mine. How about you? Yes? Go! Now! The store’s at it’s hottest, the clerks are frazzled and your fellow shoppers are beyond it. I can’t think of a better way to make decisions over big ticket items frankly.

  20. totally agree! We did a fair share of our shopping online last night, took about 20 minutes and then we went back to lounging on the couch. P.S. You need to get elastic pants for holidays like this, jeans with buttons are cruel and unusual punishment that no one should have to endure!

  21. I went out on Black Friday early morning for an hour -weren’t great deals this year. The thing is – I get ideas from stores, and I’m cheap and don’t want to pay full price. I’m armed with ideas for Cyber Monday though – we shall see!

  22. I’m with you 100%. The last time I shopped on black Friday was when I was a kid (before the Internet, and the invention of fire, haha). And I hated it then because of the crowds so I can’t imagine doing it now. The only reason has just occurred to me: to stop my black-Friday-shopping relatives from buying an Elf on the Shelf for me, because that’s what happened. Sigh.

  23. I’m right there with you (2 or 3 days later!!!) – no black Friday shopping for me. I love the ease of clicking around (mostly on Amazon!!) and then having stuff show up at my door without having to deal with a single obnoxious soul!!!

  24. Me and my mom usually get up at 5 am on Friday morning to go to the Doorbusters… it is kind of a jokey tradition we do more for the fun of it. I would never miss out on a holiday just to go shopping and save some money! Plus I feel bad for the people who had to work on Thanksgiving.

  25. Just say, “No” to Black Friday. It’s insane. The few times I’ve ventured out, I regretted it. They never have enough product, people are rude, and it ruins the holiday season for me. I’m much happier with the thought of Cyber Monday. Truth be told, the whole “opening on Thanksgiving” thing is ruining both Black Friday and Cyber Monday and crushing family time in general. Just not a fan. If people want to risk life and limb (literally) for a chance at an ok deal, then they can have Black Friday. Cyber Monday is more than enough for me (assuming I even do any shopping online this year). Anyway, yah…my shopping was mostly done before Black Friday, so no worries here! :) Everything else can wait a few days. πŸ˜€

  26. We were all too intoxicated from playing “Cards Against Humanity” to even think about standing in line for a deal! If you haven’t played it, then you are missing out on the most hysterical fun EVER!

  27. Never would I ever shop on Black Friday or Black Friday Eve – aka Thanksgiving Night. A few years ago my dear friend, usually of quite sane mind, decided to pile her college aged daughters into the car and head to the outlet mall at midnight on Thanksgiving. When they encountered complete gridlock, bumper to bumper traffic on the expressway 5 miles from the outlet mall exit they made an illegal u-turn over the center median and headed home. Lesson learned!

  28. There is absolutely nothing enough to camp out for it! I think all of that mess is just ridiculous! We truly have more than we could ever need in this lifetime and we try to appreciate that instead of grabbing for more.

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