Black Friday: More Insane Than Ever

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So, I'm watching TV tonight and a commercial for JCPenny comes on. They do their whole “shop with us on Friday for killer deals on all kinds of stuff you think you need to buy” and wrap up by announcing that they're opening their doors at FOUR IN THE MORNING.

When the hell did this start happening? Seriously, four in the morning? Who's going to wake up in the middle of the night, get dressed, and… oh. Right. We're Americans. JCPenny will have a line outside the door, as will Khol's, which also opens at 4am. Year after year, the holiday shopping season gets more and more out of control. I know this is not news. I know I'm not original in saying this, and I know that I'm not the only blogger writing about this. But I'm writing anyway.

The first sign of Christmas that I saw this year was at my local Lowe's. They were fully decked out with Christmas trees and decorations the first week of October. They completely skipped Halloween and Thanksgiving and went straight to Christmas. A couple of days later, I was at the mall and saw that Macy's was putting up their Christmas displays. I don't mean that they had a few holiday items in the jewelry department, I mean they had a full-on display that took up the entire front of the store.

Look, there's not much to say about this that hasn't been said. People that participate in this insanity need to have their heads examined. I'm not religious and I'm not taking the “bring back the true meaning of Christmas” angle. I like the commercialism of the holiday. It's just more than a little ridiculous these days. Tomorrow? I'll be staying home.


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