Black Friday is the name given to the shopping day after Thanksgiving. Wow…have things ever changed since the 1960s – 1980s. Back in my early adult years, the shopping day after Thanksgiving was simply called the first shopping day of the Christmas Season! I have very fond memories of those days…a part of my “family traditions and experiences” times in my life.
You see, back in those days, my Grandparents on my Dad’s side (that would be grandmamma and Grandpapa Jones) would come in to Houston from Fort Worth (have you seen my Fort Worth posts?) to spend Thanksgiving with us. We would all enjoy a wonderful and festive Thanksgiving Day meal and usually watch a football game or two, back in the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Oilers days!
The next day was shopping day for the Jones girls…Grandmama, Mom and me. We made a day of it, leaving around 9:30-10:00 a.m. and driving out to either Almeda Mall or the Galleria. It was a time of looking around, enjoying the Christmas decorations, people watching, shopping for those first gifts of the season and just overall having a great time. We would see quite a few people out there, but there was never a parking problem nor a crowd problem. We would spend most of the day at the mall and finally come back home around 6:00 p.m. and begin to warm up the leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner…so, we would actually have our turkey dinner 2 nights in a row!
In this day and age, from what I’ve heard on T.V. and read online, the day after Thanksgiving is now referred to as Black Friday and is a madhouse. In many places, it has actually turned into a day of violence as shoppers fight to get their share of the latest gifts. It doesn’t sound like the 21st century shopping experience is any fun now days.
I much prefer the simpler times and simpler gift giving traditions. There are people I know who actually make baked goods to give to friends for Christmas…something that they made…put a lot of thought and love into. I enjoy the store-bought gifts, too, but given with love by loved ones for the right reason.
Remember, friends, the Reason for the Season!