My husband and I made it home for a long weekend full of get-together-s and meals with family and friends. I had no intention of setting foot in a store at any point during the weekend, let alone Black Friday. There was nothing that I really wanted, and nothing that we really needed. Little did I realize, however, that a restaurant that a friend asked us to meet her at that Friday morning was at a...dum dum duuuuuuummmmmm........MALL.
While the crowd wasn't rowdy, the parking situation was horrendous and we ended up resorting to valet parking for $4 (normally would never do this, but it saved us a BIG headache). We ate brunch, the company was amazing, and then we walked around with our friends for an hour. In each store I found my eyes drifting to slashed prices and an abundance of merchandise. I picked up many items and highly considered purchasing. But, something stopped me each time. Something didn't feel right. The crowds of people, the anxiousness in the air, the extremely long lines....this wasn't the way I wanted to shop. I didn't want to buy things just because they were on sale, I have all I need. I have plenty of clothes, I haven't been restricted in what I can make in my kitchen, and my home is simply decorated and doesn't need anything more. I managed each time I got sucked into the Black Friday Madness, to pull myself back out again. At the end of the day, my Black Friday was extremely successful: I celebrated a friend's engagement, saw two childhood friends and their growing families and had a wonderful dinner with family and friends and celebrated Hannukah. Any deal I would have found that day would not have compared to that!
I hope all my readers had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday weekend filled with good food, friends and family. Please share your memories from the past weekend in the comments! I want to hear all the fun stories!