Black Friday craziness

I turned off my alarm. I didn’t want to wake up our kids. I could still see light from a street lamp outside of our house peaking through the window; however, I reached over and gently nudged my wife. She let out a groan and got up to get dressed.  

We had made a deal. I would start decorating the house for Christmas and spend the morning with the kids, while she went out on Black Friday — the day after Thanksgiving and the start of our holiday shopping — and searched for a few items we hoped to have under the tree for the kids on Christmas morning.

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I did not envy my wife. I knew she would face a mob of shoppers. I told her to text me updates on her progress. Her first text said that she had gotten a deal on some stocking stuffers, small items we would throw in the kid’s stockings. Next, she told me that she had found the GameBoy games that my daughter and son wanted but hadn’t found the talking Leapfrog LeapPad that she wanted to get our youngest son.

She updated me too on the craziness of the other shoppers. One guy tried to walk away with a hard-to-find gaming system that another shopper had put in his cart. A couple in front of her were fighting with the store manager. All the while, my wife was just trying to pick up a few things on sale and get out of the store. She wasn’t able to find everything on her list, but fortunately she was home in a few hours.

We haven’t gone shopping on Black Friday in many years. Our kids are all grown now, but I saw a Black Friday commercial this week and was taken back to those early years of parenthood. Online shopping has put a dent in brick-and-mortar store sales, but businesses made an estimated $40 billion in Black Friday sales last year. They’re expecting similar numbers this year.

There’s no question that Black Friday is one of the biggest days for shopping in the U.S.

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Of course, we learned our lesson.

Yes, yes, the kids all loved their presents. But what did we find when we walked into the living room later on Christmas day? Did we find them playing with their new toys? Heck, no, we found the three of them using the empty wrapping paper rolls to hit each other.

“Run you pirate!”

“Daddy, she’s calling me names!”

And our youngest sat on the floor, laughing and squealing with delight and hitting the other two any time they came close to him. Of course, I mentioned that I didn’t think that’s what the priest at Christmas Eve mass had in mind when he prayed for “Peace on Earth,” but the three of them just looked at me.

Yea, we could have skipped the Black Friday sales altogether, waited until Christmas Eve, bought a couple rolls of wrapping paper for $10 to $20 and made everyone happy.

Oh, the joys of Christmas!

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    1. Yes, why do we do these crazy things to ourselves. I try to keep the consumerism to a balance, but I’m still miss it. I’m most looking forward this Christmas to spending time with family. I’m like that most years. Hope you’re able to slow down and enjoy the season!!!!

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  1. Thanks for the fun memory lane post! I remember the ‘divide and conquer’ days…one of us would go foraging for elusive Christmas toys…the other would hunker down at home in a turkey stupor. TBH, it’s not something I miss, either, and your description of the kids wielding empty rolls of wrapping paper like swords…hilarious and relatable. I got the full picture and swear I heard one of them shout, ‘en garde!’ 😉

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    1. Funny enough, I wanted to join in. I would have if I didn’t think my wife would have whacked me over the head with a roll herself. Lol. Yea, I’m glad Black Friday has passed us by. We’ll probably stop today at a local Christmas Craft store my wife likes . . . but none of the big box stores.

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  2. After we moved from Iowa to Michigan in ‘87 most of our vacations involved driving to Iowa (sometimes grudgingly) to visit family. Our kids, 16, 12 & 8 dreaded that 12 hour trip in the van and fought/nitpicked each other constantly. The 16 year old claimed the back seat for herself, thus the 2 boys ‘shared’ the middle bench. The best thing we ever did was buy them each a Game Boy so they had entertainment without touching one another. Thanks for the memories Brian…

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    1. Oh my goodness, yes! GameBoy was perfect for long car drives. My daughter was mad that she couldn’t find a GameGirl, but she still liked to be able to keep herself busy. Twelve hour drives. You have my sympathies! Ha, ha. Thanks for commenting Neese. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  3. Black Friday is a nightmare for me as a wheelchair user. There’s no way of getting around the shops when half the population are pushing and shoving to get to the nearest bargain. Shopping is difficult at the best of times. However, I do most of mine online, although I agree with you about small businesses losing out to giant online companies like Amazon. I’m glad your wife got some useful items for Christmas. Did you get the decorations put up?

    When my children were small, and my grandchildren were younger, I remember they used to love playing with the packaging more than the gifts. They loved cardboard boxes to climb in and on and also rolling up used wrapping paper to make cannonballs to throw at each other. I might just have well had saved up newspapers and magazines for them to tear up and cardboard tubes from kitchen paper and foil etc., for them to use as ‘weapons’

    I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving with your family yesterday, Brian 🌞

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    1. I’m a bit behind on the decorations. We’re pulling them out today from our basement. I’m not sure if youre a football/soccer fan … but I’m trying to convince my wife to let me have the US/England game on in the background. Lol. I’m not much of a soccer fan and I fully expect England to run all over the US, but interesting seeing the rest of the world’s interest.

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      1. I guess I’m not much of a football fan, really, as I didn’t even know England were playing The US or anyone else; come to that! I like athletics, gymnastics, ice-skating, diving etc. – mostly Olympic sports. I hope you got to watch some of the match. You’ll have to let me know who wins tomorrow.

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  4. Wrapping paper and rolls seem to be the best present you can give at Christmas, Brian. Imagine the furore if we tried out that theory. I think you had the better part of the deal doing the decorating. Enjoy the game. You never know what can happen.

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    1. Yea, my kids are pretty great, but I think that would have been a shocker! Ha, ha! Yea, trying to decorate and watch soccer/football. Very much a soccer novice, but still fun to watch the World Cup. Yea, you’re right, anything can happen, but I’m still expecting a blowout. The US still has a long way to go … US fans too. Ha ha

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      1. Yes, I was really surprised. Liked how aggressive they were in the first half, thought for sure England was going to score in the final minutes. My friends and I were all shocked, know how good England is. Will be interesting to see what happens next! Thanks for checking in Davy!

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    2. Is that a “cheaper” way of getting the kids lightsabers, I wonder? 🙂 What a delightful story! And it reminded me of the joy that cats get from boxes rather than from what’s in them, of course, unless it’s food… Sort of like kids, too, I wonder? 🙂

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      1. Oh, yea, my kids didn’t like when I joked that we were going to skip the presents — outside of the ones Santa got them — and just get them wrapping paper. Ha, ha. The wrapping paper rolls did work better than the light sabers. They were stronger. Lol

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  5. I dislike shopping, to begin with, and it would be a cold day in Hell to get me out there today. We’re already operating a day behind schedule, just returning from Thanksgiving dinner with our soon-to-be in-laws. We rolled into Colorado from California Wednesday, and the new in-laws came from South Dakota. A couple of family members were under the weather, so we decided it made more sense to wait a day—lots of reasons to be thankful this year for the upcoming wedding in June.

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