I'm blog hopping today with some of my friends from the Scandalous Victorians. Please be sure to stop by their blogs and leave a comment for a chance to win one of their great prizes. I'll be giving away a prize myself--Friday's prize is a free download of my contemporary Christmas story Small Town Christmas; Saturday I'll be giving away a copy of my western historical Wild Texas Wind.
So did you get up early this morning and head out in the dark, bitter cold to stand in line and wait for a deal? Or did you enjoy your day off (if you were lucky enough to have one) and snuggle in your nice warm bed for as long as you could get away with?
I fall into the latter category. I can't imagine what it would take to drag me out of bed in the middle of the night to go fight crowds and wait in line for an item that may not even be available by the time I get to the advertised department. I spent a number of years working in retail in my early twenties and while the Black Friday craziness wasn't nearly as bad as it is now, I still recall what it was like working that day. Pushing and shoving and lots of cranky people. It made it hard to feel the spirit of the season, at least for me.
I think part of the reason I don't want to participate --especially with stores that are open on Thanksgiving Day--is I hate to contribute to people not being able to spend the holidays with their families. Since I wouldn't want to be one of those employees who has to leave the holiday table to head to bed so they can get up for work in the middle of the night, I don't feel right supporting stores that open on Thanksgiving--even if they don't open until midnight. Silly I suppose since my own little protest surely won't make a difference.
So how about you? How do you spend your Black Friday? Shopping til you drop? Or sleeping in?
Please be sure to stop by my friends' blogs and leave a comment for a chance to win prizes!