Friday, November 25, 2005

The Day After, Let's Go Shopping

The ladies, that is, mostly, and some legions of their sleigh-driving husbands, waiting outside big box stores and malls with the mostest at 5 AM, 6 AM, 7 AM, and after that, it's too late! The holiday shopping season is in full swing by round abouts 8, and it's gangbusters, even if there is, actually, as much milling and looking and mad-dashing as there is actual buying.

But at least now, it's official, no need to hide one's craven urges to spend galore on one's loved ones and SELF, oh by the way. But it was on SALE, and they might not be there later!

There is a popular myth that this day, the day after Thanksgiving, is the busiest shopping day of the year. Actually, that is not true in dollar sales (Christmas Eve is always the biggest dollar day of the year), but I think there some interesting reasons why so many of us feel it's the busiest:

1. We've just had a whole day off when we couldn't go shopping. We have pent up desires.

2. It's official, as I said, like the first day of hunting season. The deer are ripe and ready for the kill but not so wary of the sound of guns or, in the case of shoppers, long lines, cash registers and credit card bills. The bills come weeks later, and don't you know the credit card companies want it that way.

3. Nog and grog. Too much of the food and guy stuff, games and meat on Turkeybird Day. Too much kitchen time and KP, not just cooking. We consumed internally Thursday. Friday is for consuming externally.

4. more soon


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