So much hype lately has been on sales that started after Thanksgiving last Friday, and even before then. But aside from going to Goodwill last Friday to look for a pair of pants, I stayed away from shopping that day. They had a discount that day, called "Blue Friday." By the time I got to the store, after 1PM, the clothes racks were ransacked and clothes were piled all over the floors and seats of the fitting rooms. I only found one pair I liked. I didn't even do any online shopping yesterday. And so few small businesses exist in my home town anymore, but those that do were blocked off on Saturday for the parade that night.
Thankfully, I don't have to do a lot of shopping for Christmas. Most of the Christmas parties I'll be attending will be "White Elephant" exchanges. One will be the party at work and another at the local bar. My book club will be doing an ornament exchange at our December meeting, and I'm sure I can find an inexpensive one somewhere. They didn't say it had it be a new one. As for the others, I will probably look around the house for items I don't want anymore, such as the books I've already read and don't intend to keep any longer. And there may just be something else I'm willing to give as a present, thus not needing to buy one. But if I must buy one of the gifts, I can get something cheap since it's a "White Elephant" game.
My mom's family has also done the White Elephant game for Christmas, for about 20 years now, but skipped it last year. No word yet on what we are doing this year.
If you've ever wondered how the term "White Elephant" came about, here is some info: