Thankful for Thanksgiving

Turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce may be staples of the Thanksgiving meal, but spending time with family and friends is what the holiday is truly all about. Regardless of what you serve, if you cook or order in, it’s important to take the time to be thankful.

As soon as the clock struck twelve, or in some cases earlier, sentimental feelings transformed into excitement as the first Black Friday sales began. Customers went wild, waiting in line for hours, as stores such as Best Buy offered 10-30% off some of the newest HDTVs, and numerous retailers held unprecedented markdowns and opened as early as 6am. Shoppers spent $52.4 billion dollars over the four-day weekend, up from $45 billion last year.

Maybe our economy isn’t doing so bad?

Some say the increase in revenue from this holiday weekend is a result of the extended hours and never before seen deals. As someone who braved the stores on Black Friday I can attest to the crowds, and long lines at checkout.

As we all get back to work this week, and our memories of sweet pumpkin pie fade away, I realized that though I snagged some great deals, I somehow managed not to buy one gift on my list. I guess it’s back to the stores for me, though as usual I’m sure I’ll be begging stores not to close on December 24th as I finish up my holiday shopping.

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