Tis The Season

Black Friday Crowds

I abhor crowds, which is why I’ll be doing most of my holiday shopping from the comfort of home. Photo source.

Oui, I know. You’re already being inundated with Black Friday and Cyber Monday blog posts, emails, Tweets, etc. And it’s all a bit overwhelming.

I promise I won’t flood you with nothing but gift guides for the next couple of weeks, but there are a few fun things on my radar I’d like to share. So please do check back on Friday morning for Round One.  (I have had to think about gifts a bit earlier this year, as Chanukah starts tonight, even before Thanksgiving. It’s the first time since I’ve been celebrating that this has ever happened.)

If you’re in the US, I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. For those of you everywhere, it’s always a good day to stop, look around, and be thankful for the blessings in our lives. As always, I’m most thankful for family and friends (both in-person and online), our health, the roof over our heads, food on the table, and lots to look forward to.

For those of you who celebrate it, Happy Chanukah!

Come back Friday and we’ll get civilized about this whole holiday gift thing.

Stay in touch.

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15 Comments

  1. Hostess
    November 27, 2013 / 7:50 am

    I dislike crowds too and think it might be because I am short. If there is a crowd I can never see much!
    I like to shop in smaller stores where there are fewer people and have only recently started shopping online. It surprises me how many things are available only online.
    Enjoy your celebrations.

    • Rita
      November 27, 2013 / 8:08 am

      Hostess, I’m tall but I too dislike crowds. Today is my final day to go shopping anywhere except small neighborhood stores and online stores until the holidays are over. I’m making a trip to Home Depot or Lowe’s today, even they have Black Friday specials. ARRGGGH!

      • November 27, 2013 / 11:35 am

        I am tall, too, and I can’t stand a crowd! I will be doing 90% of my shopping online and in small, mom and pop shops this year.

  2. November 27, 2013 / 8:28 am

    I dislike crowds and I no longer find shopping in malls or chain stores interesting, so I will not be engaging in this at all this year! And I’m glad!

    I made the foolish mistake, when we went to London last Christmas, of going shopping at Liberty on Boxing Day – it’s something I would never have dreamed of doing in the States. But I did, and of course Liberty is wonderful, but I got caught up in the horrendous crowds on Regent Street and it was dreadful; claustrophobic and almost frightening. Never again!

    My family is really getting away from the practice of buying a lot of “stuff” for each other.

  3. November 27, 2013 / 9:08 am

    Civilized sounds good!

    Happy holidays, Pseu.

  4. November 27, 2013 / 10:44 am

    Happy Chanukah, Sue (is it okay for me to wish it, even if I don’t celebrate it?).

    • une femme
      November 27, 2013 / 10:55 am

      Frances,of course! Thank you.

  5. November 27, 2013 / 11:36 am

    Happy Chanukah and Happy Thanksgiving to you, Susan. All the best to your family.
    I am looking forward to seeing what you have for us come Friday!

  6. Mette
    November 27, 2013 / 12:32 pm

    Since both holidays are unfamiliar over here, I´ll just wish you Happy Holidays ( though they might not be holidays = time to relax ) for you and your family.

  7. Duchesse
    November 27, 2013 / 12:49 pm

    I am tall, and I don’t like crowds even though I can see over nearly everybody 🙂
    Did take advantage of one or two online specials for gifts for family.

    Eager to see your picks, Pseu!

  8. Dalit Fresco
    November 27, 2013 / 4:15 pm

    Happy Chanuka! or any other spelling of your choice… Being from Israel, we pronounce the throaty “CH” , no weak “HA” here… Happy Holidays!

  9. Leigh
    November 28, 2013 / 5:15 am

    Happy Chanukah and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. I am thankful for all the time you devote to your fabulously helpful blog and for you!

  10. November 28, 2013 / 7:37 am

    Happy Holidays! It is fun having these rituals as we lead into the darkest days of the year, but I get disgusted by all the consumerism. We usually just give small presents in my family, and this year I ordered everything from UNICEF and SERRV. I think that’s what I’ll be doing every year, except when I buy nice homemade things.

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