Why I Don’t Do Black Friday

Happy Thanksgiving, ya filthy animals!

On this day of giving thanks, I would like to start by thanking you all for taking time out of your holiday to read my blog. I hope your bellies are full of turkey and pie, and you didn’t have to sit through any political debates over dinner!

As this day of feasting winds down, some of you might find yourselves snuggled up on the couch finally watching a Christmas movie. Some you might be sleeping off your turkey comas (or too much wine, no judgement here.) And some of you are slapping on your war paint and gearing up for another merciless Black Friday.

To be clear, I don’t fault anyone for going Black Friday shopping. I have been Black Friday shopping a few times. A lot of people consider it to be another Thanksgiving tradition, and there is nothing wrong with that! I’m not talking about the controversial, moral principles of Black Friday. I won’t get into the discussion of how immoral it is to take retail employees away from their families or how hypocritical it is to spend the day giving thanks and the night fighting over material items. Lets just assume we all agree on whatever opinion you have on that topic. I understand the financial appeal of Black Friday, but I have a few reasons why this new age tradition is no longer for me.

After all that delicious Thanksgiving eating and drinking, I’m just too full and drunk for shopping. I just spent the entire day eating heavy food and washing it down with mulled wine. I don’t have a clear enough mind to be out shopping! Just ask my fiance. He made the mistake of taking me to Target one night after I had been drinking wine. It was great fun for me! Not so much fun for my wallet, and not a financial risk I’m willing to take again.

Not to mention, being “Thanksgiving full” and then trying on clothes sounds exactly like hell. We all know that technically Black Friday shopping is intended to be the official start of Christmas shopping; meaning that you should primarily shop for others. It sounds like a great idea, but it doesn’t always end up that way. Sure, I’ll pick up a few gifts on Black Friday, but I always end up walking away with more stuff for myself. And I know I’m not the only one! Trying on clothes is already a chore. We don’t need to add in the horrendous Thanksgiving food baby we all get after eating all day! Honestly, who’s idea was that?

Let’s get something straight: there are few things I’ll wake up early on a day off for, and shopping is not one of them. Especially the day after a holiday! Thanksgiving is a lot of work, whether you’re hosting the whole shebang or just bringing over a dish. If I can help it, I’m not waking up early the next day for anything. One year, I woke up at 1 AM to drive an hour and a half away to an outlet mall that promised all the deals. I was basically dead to the world the next day.

And before you even say it, I know stores are opening up on Thanksgiving afternoon with the deals. Technically you could go after Thanksgiving dinner and sleep in the next day. Please refer to the previous paragraph as to why I ain’t doing that either. I love to go shopping, don’t get me wrong. To me, it’s just not worth it.

The deals aren’t even that good unless you’re willing to risk your life over some bed sheets. Which as I’m sure you figured out by now, I am most certainly not. Most of the good deals are on larger items that I’m not purchasing anyways, like televisions and other electronics. And you always have to go to a large department store to get these savings, which I try to avoid on a normal day. Walmart gives me the creeps throughout the year. I’m not risking getting trampled or punched by going there with all the crazies on Black Friday.

Most importantly, I’m trying to get my holly jolly on the day after Thanksgiving!

I don’t usually partake in Christmas activities before Thanksgiving. I like to enjoy each holiday for what their worth. But after the last bite of pumpkin pie, its time to deck the halls! I love curling up on the couch and watching Christmas movies. After Thanksgiving dinner, it’s officially socially acceptable to do that! I’m not going to give that up to schlep around a mall with a million strangers.

Basically, what I’m trying to say is that Black Friday is great for some people, but not for everyone. Personally, I like to enjoy my holidays in a more relaxing way. I like to sit around my house with my closest friends and family, eating and drinking and enjoy each others company with no pressure. I don’t want to worry about having to be somewhere or spending money. I just want to enjoy the moment.

No matter how you’re spending your Thanksgiving holiday, I hope you enjoy it in your own special way!

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