Black Friday

People set their alarms for 3 am on this day after Thanksgiving. I didn’t even turn mine on.

People line up outside of retailers, shivering and soaking, to find the best deal on the newest gadgets. Maybe they just want to stock up on socks.

It’s the biggest shopping day of the year. Supposedly, people are spending all this money on Christmas gifts.

Why do they call it “Black Friday” anyway? This name holds a portent of evil for me. Any day called “Black” must be bad.

I think the name might be from the point of the retailers. They are going to “be in the black” after they sell out their stock. Too bad those shoppers won’t be able to say the same thing.

Maybe they call it “Black Friday” because the sales all start when it’s still black outside.

I know for certain I won’t be darkening the doors for any of these sales. I believe I went to one store about 15 years ago (for the socks) and since I went at a reasonable hour (10 am), most of the stock was depleted.

That was enough for me. It proved to be a total waste of time.

Mr. Wonderful went out several times when he was hoping to purchase a game system for our kids or some new release games and movies for an ultra-low price.

Most of the time, he struck out too. He didn’t line up outside the store. He pulled up at 6 am when the doors opened. By the time he got inside, the crowd-drawing items were sold out.

He even stood in line for over an hour one time to purchase two games. Crazy, isn’t it?

Now, he’s all about Cyber Monday. I’m happy to let him do the shopping. I do the wrapping once everything arrives on our doorstep.

My idea of holiday shopping: filling my online shopping cart with gift cards from Amazon. It’s a gift that would delight me. It’s even on the list I received from my niece, and I know my nephew happily spent the one I gave him last year.

When it’s black outside, I’m asleep.

My plans for Black Friday are the same every year. Clean the house and put out the Christmas decorations. Eat Thanksgiving leftovers (usually with my in-laws).

In this way, I can answer the Capital One query: “What’s in your wallet?” The same amount of cash as the day before, thank you very much.

What do you think? Add to the discussion here.