I have done the “Black Friday” experience a number of different ways, but this year I freakin NAILED it.
A couple of years ago, my sister in law had the “iPad Christmas” for her triplets. Obviously, that mandated a late night Wal-Mart run in order to save literally hundreds of dollars. And we had a blast. Our husbands came too and it was like the most hysterical, entertaining, pitiful double date. And I didn’t even have to get dressed up. We plotted and strategized. Drank caffeine way too late. Found the Blu-Ray player I didn’t even realize I HAD to have. Made friends with complete strangers in line. Searched for the ever-elusive $3.99 chopper for Nana. Combed through $5 DVDs that we would never watch. Sent the boys to investigate when we heard there was a fight over a basketball goal. But the bottom line was even though our goal was to get gifts for kids…there were none in sight. Holla!
This year that was no big item that necessitated Wal-Mart crazy. There is one thing on my kids’ list that was $50 off. After thinking about it, we decided we would pay $50 to have a chill Thanksgiving night. Since I was sawin’ logs before 10:00, that was a solid choice.
Our Black Friday morning tradition is to go to the town square in Eric’s home town, Paris, TN, to see Santa come to town in the fire engine. How many more years will our kids be excited to do this??? “Santa is coming!!!” (You have to read this like Buddy the elf). We saw Santa come in and even got a hug from Mrs. Claus. Afterwards, we went and shopped at some local businesses that were full of Christmas cheer. My favorite, of course, is “My Favorite Things,” were Nana works. It is such a cute shop with tons of character and is filled with lots of things that could become my next favorite thing 😉
We went home to have a plate of leftovers even though we were no where near hungry…because I will have to wait a whole other year to eat Thanksgiving food again, so why not??!! We packed up our stuff ready to head back home to Nashville.
As soon as we got home and got everyone squared away, I headed out to do my Black Friday shopping…a full 24 hours past the official start. And friends, after 6 days of non-stop family, I was seriously needing some Steph Time. I love my family; there isn’t a single one that I don’t love to freakin pieces. But sometimes it is nice to just not have to talk. Just have peace and quiet.
So naturally I went to my zen place – Target. I pulled into the parking lot with my list and nearly got a front row Joe parking spot. Score. Sure I had to flick some stale popcorn from the bottom of the cart, but there were plenty of carts to choose from. Score. Found my 7′ un-lit tree (because I have sworn off pre-lit trees because the lights always go out and look janky) Score. Got all our super cute clothes on sale for our angel. Score. Scanned, bagged, and paid for with my Red Card in less than an hour. Score. And I figure since a lot of the DVDs and Door Buster things that I would have just thrown in my cart were gone, I actually came out ahead savings wise! SCORE!!
So I think I have this Black Friday thing figured out. (For me anyway). Enjoy Thanksgiving and Friday morning. Let the crazies get off the road and out of the stores 😉 Then the world (or Target) is your oyster. At least until we have the “iPad Christmas.” Although, Mama doesn’t even have an iPad yet, so we have some time yet 😉
So tonight I can relax with a glass of Chardonnay, while I watch my husband put up my new tree and string the lights. (Because he won’t let you touch the tree or lights because I may have strung them one year and it looked janky, so I lost Christmas tree privileges. Really who is the winner now??? 😉 Score.