This forum post is hidden because you have chosen to ignore PattyDiane. Show Details
This forum post is hidden because you have submitted an abuse report against it. Show Details
My niece reminded me on FaceBook yesterday the "Black Friday" used to be called the "After Thanksgiving Sale".
I don't know when I stopped participating in the "After Thanksgiving Sale" but I remember in high school and in college my friends and I would ride the bus to downtown Atlanta. I don't remember if we actually did much shopping but we had lunch, sometimes went to a movie, looked at the windows decorated for Christmas and generally giggled a lot. This was especially true when we were in college because we all went to different schools but all came home for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
I don't remember there being massive crowds. I know there was nothing like there is now. Perhaps I quit going to the "ATS" after working at Sears during Christmas while in college. I certainly have sympathy for all the sales clerks trying to deal with the insanity. I was in the toy department and my job was to try to keep the shelves stocked. I was never so tired in my life as at the end of the day. It was a relief when they transferred me to gift wrap.
As for buying American, most years I have made the Christmas gifts for friends and family. The specific gift has varied year to year but many times included an ornament for the tree with a special message to the recipient. If I had less time, I did my shopping at our local art association so I supported my friends.