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December 7, 2013

Shopping could be the death of family Thanksgivings

Welcome to the second annual (or maybe longer) edition of “Stop the Madness! aka Black Friday Crazies.”

Every year I am amazed and appalled at the lengths my fellow human beings will go to on Thanksgiving weekend to get sales. To say that it’s become a circus is an understatement.

In the past I’ve written about news coverage of marriage proposals while waiting in line for Black Friday deals in Wisconsin, people camped out overnight outside of stores like it’s a party. And every time I think it can’t get any crazier — it does.

Last year reportedly 40 people were injured while Black Friday shopping and two dozen were pepper sprayed. Whoever would’ve thought years ago that going Christmas shopping could have you ending up in the ER? What about all that “good cheer” we’re supposed to have?

Last year was the first year that many stores opened on Thanksgiving night and I was appalled. I was even more appalled that I found myself outside of Kohl’s at 10 p.m. that night — the necessity of a great deal on an artificial tree and bargains on clothes for the grandkids drew me out despite it being against my principles.

You all know how I feel about having Christmas items in the stores before Halloween. This year they were in the stores on Oct. 1. OCTOBER FIRST. This year, people were camped out outside of stores on MONDAY. Seriously? Three days camped out on a sidewalk to be the first in line for a TV? This year many stores opened even earlier on Thanksgiving — 6 p.m. instead of 8 or 9 p.m.

I was determined I wasn’t going to be sucked into any Thanksgiving night/Black Friday madness this year. But lo and behold, I ran out of Angel’s favorite canned cat food on Thanksgiving Day and being an Angora, she is quite vocal. So I realized that despite all my principles I was going to have to visit a store on Thanksgiving Day.

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