Black Friday Fun

Not many people would put the words “Black Friday” and “fun” in the same category, but my family definitely does.

You see, it’s tradition. Every year, my Mom, Aunts, cousins, sister, nieces and I go shopping on the Friday after Thanksgiving. However, we are not “door busters.” We all meet in one central location, usually Target, and start our day around 9am, after most of the crazies serious shoppers have done their rounds and gone home. We meander through the store, sipping our Starbucks lattes and occasionally picking up a deal or two. Mostly, we’re just making memories.

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I don’t remember when my nieces (ages 17 & 18) and I started buying Starbucks drinks every year, but somehow there was once a joke made of a barista flirting with me while we ordered our coffee. I don’t even remember if that actually happened or not, but now that I’m the married old lady with a baby and a prego belly, it’s fun to point those jokes at them quietly as soon as we’re out of earshot of the coffee bar. πŸ˜‰

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Every year someone usually has a baby with them. Two years ago, we teased my cousin for carrying meatballs around in her purse. πŸ™‚ She had just found out she was pregnant and told us all at Thanksgiving. (Any woman who’s ever been pregnant knows the importance of protein when you’re nauseous all day!) Last year, we had a 9 month old, a 4 month old, and a 2 month old with us, and I was the pregnant one! This year is my turn to have the baby to carry around, and my sister and I both get to be the preggie-pies. πŸ™‚

And of course, there is the memory that will live on for decades (and what I really wish I had a photo of): the memory of the time my Grandma tried to take a sip of her Dr Pepper, and instead stuck the straw straight up her nose. Of course, every year we all do the same with our Target snack bar sodas and laugh as if its the first time it happened. People probably whisper about us and give us all kinds of looks, but we never notice. πŸ˜‰

My favorite holiday has always been Thanksgiving, which in my mind includes Black Friday. Two days in a row spent with the dearest friends I’ll ever have: my family. I may not come home with a giant TV or a trunk full of goodies, but my heart is filled to the brim every year, and I couldn’t ask for more!

Do you go shopping on Black Friday? What traditions do you have with your family?

Happy Thanksgiving (and Black Friday), y’all. πŸ™‚
Love,
H

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