Sometimes I wonder if I’m actually American. I mean, maybe I secretly grew up in Canada or something, eh? I like country music and can follow the play-by-play at a baseball game, but I’ve never been to Wal-mart and I’ve NEVER gone shopping on Black Friday.
I know, right?
Black Friday has become as big a part of Thanksgiving weekend as football and, well, turkey. This fall, as soon as our election hysteria ended, SALE ads filled the empty airtime. And this year, in keeping with recent trends, the starting line shifted a little. The stores used to open at 7am. Then they opened at 5am…3am…Midnight.
And today, at the Wal-mart in Tacoma, the parking lot was about 3/4 filled. Now, I can’t say for sure if people were taking advantage of Black Friday sales, because I was on my way to the in-laws for Thanksgiving dinner and didn’t stop. But who has time to go to Wal-mart on Thanksgiving day?
It would interfere with my annual overindulgence. Oh, and it would cut into my family time. If I’m not at Thanksgiving dinner, I’ll miss out on my mother-in-law’s annual whackadoodle brilliance. I won’t be able to giggle into my wine glass with my sister-in-law, and eat way too much Chex mix, and marvel at how damned tall the kids have grown. And frankly, most of my retail neighbors will be open tomorrow. At 5am, or some equally insane time.
Not that I want to sound all holier-than-thou or anything, but my version of Black Friday usually involves a little more family or a little more overindulgence. If I’m really ambitious, I’ll do some Christmas crafty thing. Shopping doesn’t make the to-do list. Maybe I’m unAmerican. Or maybe I’m just chicken. It takes nerve to survive in the Black Friday crowds, and if you’re out there mixing it up, I hope you find the bargains you’re looking for. I wish you Princess parking all day long and magically comfortable shoes. And when you get back home, I hope you check out all the fantastic bloggers that are taking part in the Black Friday Blog Hop. Here’s a jump to the Blog Hop list. The more blogs you visit, the more prizes you can win. Leave a comment here, because I’ll be giving away a $5 Amazon gift card and a copy of my holiday short story The Santa Drag. Commenting will also get you entered for one of these three grand prizes:
1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $75 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!
Things aren’t always what they seem, and this shopping mall Santa has secrets only her true love can reveal.
Desperate for some income, Mackenzie Reed takes the highest paying acting gig she can find: playing Santa in the mall. It’s all white whiskers and ‘ho-ho-ho’ until the day Joe McBride shows up. Joseph Timothy McBride. The actor. The real-life, got a soap opera gig and several commercials and you saw him in Scream 2 actor. The only guy she ever really loved.
Mack’ll have to give the performance of a lifetime to keep him from realizing who’s underneath all that red velvet and fur. Joe’s as good-looking as ever, but any hope of a reconciliation will go down like a sack of coal if he recognizes her. Can she pull it off, or is this Christmas going to be the one Santa leaves a Creepy Kringle under her tree?
And if you’re still with me here, I’ve got a guest post over on my friend Debbie Christiana’s blog, talking about romance…and then my friend Laird and I swapped blog posts, so one of my faves from last summer is up on her blog today…busy busy…