Some people wait all year for Black Friday to shop for some of the most incredible deals retail has to offer. Amazingly enough, there are those that camp out for days just to be the first in line for a big screen TV slashed in price. Every year people stampede through the doors of their favorite stores, and fights break out over something as trivial as a set of towels or a t-shirt. Even if you love to shop, there’s no need get caught up in the chaos of Black Friday. Instead of heading out to brave the masses, here are four (much more enjoyable) ways to spend the day.
Thanks to the rise of online shopping in recent years, retailers have finally recognized the benefit of offering the same deals online as they do in stores. Online retailers offer these too-good-to-pass-up deals on Cyber Monday – the Monday after Thanksgiving. Shopping in the comfort of your home is so much better than fighting the throngs of Black Friday shoppers.
Time with Family
Since Thanksgiving is often spent rushing around trying to get everything ready for company and preparing a meal fit for a king, you may want to spend your Black Friday by relaxing in the company of your loved ones. You might have guests coming from around the country to visit, so spend the day at home with them instead of fighting a stranger for a reasonably priced cashmere sweater. Pile into the car and drive around to see that last of the leaves before they fall or spend the day dining on leftovers.
Catch a Movie
You can always count on major movie releases in November, the unofficial start of Oscar season, and this year is certainly no exception. Spend your Black Friday with friends or family at the movies. Cinephiles can expect plenty of Oscar fodder this month, including “Allied” (11/23), “Nocturnal Animals” (11/18), “Manchester by the Sea” (11/18), and “Shut In” (11/11).
Family-friendly flicks include J.K. Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (11/18) and Disney’s latest installment “Moana” (11/23). Comedy lovers can have a laugh at “Bad Santa 2” (11/23) and “The Edge of Seventeen” (11/18).
Put Up the Holiday Decorations
It seems the Christmas spirit comes sooner and sooner each year, with decorations hitting shelves before Halloween is over. If you’re the type who waits as long as possible before putting up the tree and tinsel, use the day after Thanksgiving to get a head start on your decorating. Get your family together as you bring out the decorations and tell stories about Christmases past.
Just because the retailers of the world want you camp out in front of their store starting the night before Black Friday doesn’t mean you have to give in! There are so much more enjoyable ways to spend Black Friday that does not involve shopping. Be thankful you won’t be stuck in the chaos, but rather relishing a relaxing day spent far from the hustle and bustle.
*Editor’s Note: This blog was originally published in 2014. However, it has since been updated to reflect the most current information.
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