I used to jump up at unreasonably early hours on Black Friday- stumbling out the door with my first cup of coffee in hand, my purse full of lists and store ads ready to attack. It was a madhouse- standing in line more than an hour before the store opened, fighting over the last pair of $4.99 pajamas in the cardboard bin at Target, and then back in line for another long wait. Move to next store, annnd repeat. Last year I gave all that up, I just realized there was nothing I wanted that bad anymore. It dawned on me that saving a couple bucks on 3 or 4 items wasn’t worth the hustle ( plus retailers got smart and online shopping is just as good without putting on clothes) . Now, I am not knocking you if Black Friday is your thing, I totally get it and if you wait for that adrenaline rush all year long and cannot wait to run out…get it girl. But, if you have given it up cold turkey or are considering it this year, what else do you do? Here are some alternatives to Black Friday shopping to help fill it up and make the most of the “extra day”.
1.Setup and decorate your Christmas Tree– I have been doing this on Black Friday for years even after marathon shopping. It is so much nicer when it can be done at a leisurely pace when you are not already exhausted. Toss something yummy in the crockpot for dinner while you and the family unbox decorations and begin the Christmas season by decking the halls. Set up your nativity and refocus on the REAL meaning of Christmas. At the end of the evening curl up on the couch with the kids and enjoy your handiwork.
2. Start your holiday baking– You can make and freeze many cookie doughs for baking later, this saves a lot of time during the busy season. You could also bake the cookies, prepackage, wrap well and freeze. Make sure you have freezer bags, gift tags, sharpies, cookie sheets, etc…on hand. With kids or without this can be fun and relaxing.
3.Deep clean and purge– I don’t know about you but when Christmas appears on the horizon I have the urge to declutter and get rid of a lot in anticipation of all the things that will be coming in. Deep clean to get ready for friends and family, pack away out of season clothes if you have not already done it, go through kids toys and clothes and box up for donation.
4.Host a Pinterest Party– I have been wanting to do this one for a couple years now. Invite friends who love to be crafty ( 5 to 6 is a good number) , each brings the plans and supplies for one DIY from Pinterest for each person in attendance and a finger food. Spend the day crafting, talking, sipping wine if that is your thing. At the end of the day you end up with 5 or 6 decorations for the season or homemade gifts and sweet memories with friends or family that will last for years. Follow my Christmas Board on Pinterest for ideas!
5.Have a Pajama and Movie Day– If you are one who is already too active and don’t need one more thing to do on your list maybe taking it back few notches is what you need. A practically do nothing day… sounds good right? Get out your stack of holiday movies and books. Stay in your Pj’s all day – my kids get their Christmas jammies on Thanksgiving night so they can wear them the next month and get good use out of them. Start off by eating a yummy breakfast then let the movie marathon begin.
Here are some favorites
What are you planning on Black Friday? Shopping? Christmas Tree Lot? I would love to hear your plans.