White Friday: The Anti-Black Friday

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Here are my big plans for tomorrow.

I plan on sleeping in until about eight in the morning – or, more likely, until my children hop in bed with me and wake me up.

I’m going to eat a home-cooked breakfast with my parents, my wife, and my children.

After that, I plan on spending the morning working on a couple of personal projects. One is a group project with my kids, while the other one involves tinkering with the novel I’ve been trying to finish this month.

In the afternoon, we’re going to go to a nice meal with my wife’s extended family. Afterwards, we’ll sit around and split two or three bottles of wine among the adults while my children play with their cousins.

In the evening, I have a movie I received as a gift a while back that we’re going to pop in the DVD player and watch after the children pass out from exhaustion.

After the movie, we might play a game together, or we might simply go to bed for a good night’s sleep.

None of my plans for Black Friday involve a store. I have exactly two items that I might buy for Christmas gifts from online retailers, but I have text alerts set up if they go on sale. I’m actually hoping to avoid opening my computer tomorrow for anything but writing.

Instead, I’m going to spend as much time as possible with people I care about, with perhaps a little bit of time devoted to a personal project of deep importance to me.

Yes, I might miss a bargain, but if there’s nothing I actually need, it’s not really a bargain.

Yes, I might miss out on the perfect Christmas gift for someone, but I already know what I’m getting for virtually everyone anyway and if any of the unpurchased items show up, I’ll get a text about it as I mentioned above so I can just click a few times and be done with it.

Yes, I might be missing a “cultural event,” but if I’m spending the day with people I care about, I don’t really mind so much.

I call it White Friday. I hope you’ll join me.

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