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Thanksgiving break was much needed. I needed time with my family, time away from Clayton and time away from school. I did not go home for break, but I went to North County to spend time with all my extended family. My parents are the odd balls that are still in Illinois. I love Thanksgiving. Great time with family and lots of food. Who wouldn’t like that?! But there’s a side of Thanksgiving that I do not like. For one black friday shopping was started on Thanksgiving. In my opinion that is really wrong. That is supposed to be a day about family not finding good deals for christmas presents. Another thing is that christmas decorations and music is up and being played way before Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving deserves its time and does not need Christmas butting in. Well, that’s my rant for the day. I love Christmas don’t get me wrong, but it will have its’ time on December 25th.


Yesterday was Thanksgiving. The day of family, food, and football. My family hosted Thanksgiving. There were 15 members of my extended family at my house. Each bringing around 3 if not more dishes too share. We all ate, talked, and the guys watched football. That is my traditional Thanksgiving. I have never been Black Friday shopping. Throughout yesterday I began seeing tweets and statuses about people getting ready to go get in lines. Don’t get me wrong I love shopping, but the idea of waiting in lines to do it does not really appeal to me. As I look at the time I bet many shoppers are settling in for a nap after countless hours of shopping to get the best deals. I hope they all found want they were looking to buy. Maybe next year I’ll join them in line and going hunting for deals.


This is the fourth year I have worked retail on Black Friday. When it comes to this day (which is the most important day for stores), here are all the things to complain about: waking up at 3:30 a.m., fitting past pitched tents as I make my way inside, dealing with angry and sleep-deprived customers that rush through the aisle, running around absolutely nonstop during a nine hour shift, and cleaning up a department that thousands of people just rummaged through.

Despite all of these complaints, there is one fact that rules: Black Friday symbolizes the beginning of the Christmas season. So, yes, this may be a crazy day, but I absolutely love it. I love knowing that Christmas is around the corner and winter weather is near. Despite the angry customers, I still believe in the magic of the season and cherish it during this one time of year. Every year on Black Friday, I am entertained by the enthusiastic shoppers and by myself (I get decked out in red and green from head to toe). I feel like a lot of people don’t necessarily shop on Black Friday just for the deals. I think it’s more about the experience and celebrating the holidays with family and friends.

I am not a Black Friday shopper, but am proud to say that I am a Black Friday worker. Happy Holidays!


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