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Plop n' shop

November 27, 2010 - Kathleen Palumbo
Black Friday shoppers eat your heart out. While you fought the crowds, battled community members for that coveted parking space, and dealt with “oh so friendly” salespersons who had been waiting on customers since dawn, I too shopped; in the comfort of my toasty warm home, steaming coffee cup at my reach, and with the push of a button, “add to shopping bag,” was the most effort required of me.

It was upon a “Black Friday” attempt of my own many years ago that I learned the importance of keeping the spirit in “holiday spirit.” I vividly recall the whole “up before the sun process,” standing in line, awaiting the opening of the only store in town with the year’s most “in demand” item, which in my case was “Furby.”

Doors opened, grown women stormed the store, a virtual stampede of clawing lunatics determined to be one of the “lucky ones.”

Just the sight of it was enough for me. I left, examined my options, and yes, my kids did receive that loveable little furball that Christmas, thanks to an out-of-state friend I contacted who got it to me on time for Santa to take the credit.

So rather than don your coat and hat, take my advice; put on some Christmas music, turn on the computer, and take advantage of online coupons, free shipping and all the perks us anti-black Friday shoppers have up our sleeves. And for heavens sake, enjoy yourself; it’s Christmastime after all.

 
 

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