Black Friday Madness

The Holidays, a time of laughter and good food with family and friends. This time of the year there’s a crispness in the air and the smell of wood burning in the fireplaces. Store shelves are emptying of cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, stuffing and more. Turkeys are getting ready for the oven while loved ones gather around the television to watch their favorite football team play. Thanksgiving is near, what a great way to spend the day! But what about the day after? What’s the madness that takes over our minds, our thoughts, our will power? Too much turkey? No, it’s “Black Friday.”

Gone is the tranquil moments of the day before. The laughter around the dinner table as stories were shared and stomachs that resisted eating for the day in anticipation of mashed potatoes with thick gravy running down the sides, were now satisfied and full.

Black Friday, a day of crowded streets, packed parking lots, and madness! Where you think the town has lost its mind. Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving. It is known as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Viewed as one of the busiest shopping days of the year, Black Friday’s name started in Philadelphia due to the heavy traffic and over abundance of pedestrians the day after Thanksgiving. After 1975, Black Friday was used to describe a period in which retailers were turning a profit, or “in the black.”

Many retailers participate in Black Friday, offering their customers much lower prices then they would normally find during the year. Some of these retailers include: Walmart, Toys R Us, Home Depot, Best Buy and more. If you don’t want to fight the crowd, try shopping online. Online retailers like Barnes & Noble, and Sears are also participating in Black Friday sales. Online sales start as early as 2:00am EST, while department stores open their doors at midnight, or 3:00am. If you missed out on camping this year, all is not lost. Grab your sleeping bag and pick a spot in front of your favorite store. Not only will you get to enjoy sleeping under the stars, you’ll be first in line.

So grab a warm jacket, scarf, gloves and a nice piping hot cup of coffee, lines are sure to be long. Why not bring an extra cup. Friendships have been known to develop while waiting for the doors to open.

As for me, I think I’ll stay home with a warm blanket, a cup of hot chocolate with marshmellows and pick at some of the leftover turkey.

This Holiday Season, drive safe