Yes, I went shopping on Black Friday. My daughter loves to go to Black Friday sales. I have always avoided the day. But this year we did a mother/daughter team and went together. I have to say, I had fun!
Now, my daughter, who should be classified as a “Professional Black Friday Shopper”, had a typed list. She knew exactly what she was getting and we only went to three stores. Our first stop was Target at midnight, and you are probably wondering why not Wal-Mart. Well, their prices were close if not the exact same, but Target offered gift cards with the higher priced item. Then we went to Belk and last was Bass Pro at Concord Mills.
The experience was not as bad as the media portrays it to be and there were a few “adults” who could have used a thump on the back of the head. But all in all, I enjoyed the night.
My rules for Black Friday.
1. Have a list of the items you need to purchase.
2. Decide ahead of time the stores you will visit and in what order.
3. If you don’t get something on your list, it is not the end of the world. So don’t show your ignorance by cussing out the hourly wage teenage sales clerk.
4. If you are so desperate to have an item that you will push people down, pepper spray them, or cause bodily harm to someone with your shopping cart…Go straight to the nearest psychiatrist’s office or even your bathroom sink, and soak your head!
The bible tells us how to have happiness. In Psalm 103: 3-5, it tells us what God gives to us and that is all we should require to be happy. (The Message/Remix Bible)
“He forgives your sins–every one. He heals your diseases–every one. He redeems you from hell — saves your life! He crowns you with love and mercy — a paradise crown. He wraps you in goodness — beauty eternal. He renews your youth — you’re always young in His presence.”
Not one part of that verse says He gives us wealth, to buy all the material possessions we feel we need. Not one part says we have to buy, and buy, and buy for our children.
Next year, I will sleep Thanksgiving afternoon until time to go. I will try to bring a little Christmas cheer to those around me in line. I will thank God for the precious time my daughter and I get to spend together!