For many of us, Black Friday has always been a big deal (literally). In an interview with Betway Insider, retail expert, Bob Phibbs, explains that we have 1960s Philadelphia to thank for that. Apparently, that is when and where holiday shoppers were first able to enjoy Black Friday.
“The streets and department stores of downtown Philadelphia were mobbed,” Phibbs says to the publication, adding, “By the ‘80s, it was an urban legend that it was the day retailers moved from reading losses to black ink profits.”
When I was a child, the madness of Black Friday was a part of the holiday excitement. Nowadays, it just drives consumers crazy. I’m sure we all know plenty of people who avoid the day altogether.
However, I love to shop, and I love the holidays. For me, Black Friday is a holiday tradition not to miss. Believe it or not, I actually enjoy Black Friday. Here’s how I do it.
I plan ahead.
In order to enjoy Black Friday, one must follow the philosophy of Santa. I make a list. I check it twice. Simple!
So, before I even leave my house, I know what I’m buying and where I’m buying it. Not only do I have my gift shopping list written out, I have also checked the internet for sales and store hours.
I’ll even plan my drive, where to park, and the order of stores in which I’ll shop. I plan the whole day out. That really makes the whole day pleasurable.
I dress comfortably.
Dressing appropriately and warmly, depending on how cold it is where you live, is essential. But, I still like looking cute, too, of course.
I recently blogged about my obsession with a velour jumpsuit, which I own in several colors. This piece makes a great Black Friday outfit. It’s comfy, warm, and fits so snugly that I can try clothes on top of it, if the dressing rooms are full.
Paired with a long cardigan or poncho and sneakers or flat boots, and I am dressed to successfully enjoy Black Friday!
I participate in additional activities.
Again, for me, it’s part of holiday tradition. In order for me to truly enjoy Black Friday, I take advantage of all the other activities and amenities shopping centers offer, including:
- Ice skating
- Holiday parades
- Holiday fashion shows
- Photos with Santa, Christmas trees, and other decorations
Don’t forget about all the cool people watching. It’s not uncommon for me to grab a coffee drink, find a spot to sit, and just watch all the shoppers do their thing.
In Las Vegas, I take advantage of our nice weather and outdoor shopping centers. So, chances are that people will also have their dogs with them. It’s fun just to watch my neighbors shop and enjoy themselves.
Black Friday doesn’t have to be an intimidating, daunting experience. It really can be exciting, rewarding, and a part of your holiday traditions. Make an effort to enjoy it. You won’t regret it.