Black Friday? Yeah, No.

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    The Thanksgiving holiday break is upon us.

    A day for family, food, underhanded political comments, and Aunt Esther having one-too-many pre-dinner cocktails.

    Ah yes. The holidays are here. 

    But for some, it’s only a predecessor for that most hallowed of meaningless weekdays: Black Friday.

    I heard on NPR that a fellow was already camped out in front of Best Buy. Last week. (To buy what priceless piece of electronics, I cannot even imagine.) 

    Me? HARD PASS.

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    Why you may ask? 

    Well firstly, because I value my sleep. And I prefer not to hang out with hundreds of blood-thirsty mouth-breathers before dawn in the freezing cold. 

    And secondly, BECAUSE IT’S FRICKIN’ 2017. 

    Perhaps there was a time in history when the only way you could obtain a $37 big-screen TV was to trample your peers in a mele of consumerist carnage. But those days are long gone. 

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    We have Amazon Prime now. Every imaginable “Black Friday deal” can be obtained from the comfort of my heated living room sofa. With free two-day shipping.

    AND I DON’T EVEN NEED TO WEAR PANTS.

    Why any human would choose the former over the latter is beyond my comprehension. 

    But if you love Black Friday, no judgment here. Bundle up. Stay safe. Bring hand sanitizer. And try not to bludgeon anyone. 

    I’ll be right here. In my unicorn onesie. Drinking coffee. Under a blanket.

    But cheers to you. May the odds ever be in your favor. 

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    What are your thoughts on shopping Black Friday? Will you be shopping the sales or sitting them out?

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    Kimberly is a writer, speaker, wife, and new(ish) mom. She directs the teen pregnancy prevention program for Daybreak pregnancy center, and is a founder of Pearls, an organization that serves women in the sex industry and fights human trafficking in the Midlands. She studied English literature at Florida Atlantic University, and though she will always be a Florida girl at heart, she has called Columbia home for the last seven years. She and her husband Braden have been married for a fabulous decade, and they welcomed their first child, Declan Finn, into the world on June 3rd, 2015. She is a contributor for Scary Mommy, the Huffington Post, and The Mighty. You can find her wandering around the great outdoors, drinking far too much coffee at her favorite local shops, and on Facebook.

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