For day 11 of the 30-30 style challenge, I wore a business-casual look for Thanksgiving dinner at my grandma’s. After a delicious dinner, pumpkin pie and family time, Robert and I headed home in the snowy storm.
At about 10 p.m., we decided to watch Silence of the Lambs. If you haven’t seen it before, you really should. It’s a suspenseful movie and kind of scary seeing the mind of a serial killer, but it’s good! The movie finished around midnight and Robert and I decided to go to the mall for Black Friday shopping.
It was my third or fourth year going Black Friday shopping, and honestly, I was kind of disappointed. I’m disappointed that the stores are opening earlier and earlier every year, making people skip out early on Thanksgiving dinners with their families to go trash Walmart, Target and Best Buy looking for crazy deals.
My favorite part of Black Friday has always been staying up really, really late or getting up really, really early to go shopping. I love the experience more than the deals. I love laughing about how crazy it is and how tired we are. I love getting hyped up on caffeine just to make it through a few stores and then crash at home. To me, it doesn’t matter if I find everything I want or buy nothing at all. It’s all about the experience.
It saddens me to think that businesses are going so crazy with Black Friday shopping, starting earlier and earlier, that pretty soon it won’t be Black Friday at all. It’ll be Thanksgiving Day shopping, and then what will happen to all the turkey and pumpkin pie?
How do you feel about stores opening earlier and earlier for Black Friday shopping? Is Thanksgiving doomed?
Photos by Robert Swansen