Waiting for Black Friday to shop? It'...

Waiting for Black Friday to shop? It's here

There are 17 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Nov 20, 2009, titled Waiting for Black Friday to shop? It's here. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

CARROLL, IA NOVEMBER 13: Shoppers cross Adams Street in the downtown district of Carroll, Iowa, on November 13, 2009.

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The Golf Guy

Apopka, FL

#1 Nov 21, 2009
Thats what I like to hear, get in the true spirit of Christmas early. Buy, Buy, Buy.
new guy

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Nov 21, 2009
That's the same picture they used for the Metrodome sex scandal. Those 2 were from Carroll, IA.

Lazy.
WSP

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Nov 21, 2009
Ummm....wrong picture, Eds!
Scrooge

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Nov 21, 2009
I'm officially calling "bah humbug". I hate that Christmas has turned into nothing more than buying gifts and expecting presents, and I'm agnostic!

I am buying one thing for my wife and nothing for anyone else, and have asked no one to spend money on me. I will send something to a charity or food shelf and then pretend that Christmas is for peace on earth, goodwill to men.

Am I the only one who doesn't have a better use for what little money they have?
Bob the Bilderberg

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Nov 21, 2009
Scrooge wrote:
I'm officially calling "bah humbug". I hate that Christmas has turned into nothing more than buying gifts and expecting presents, and I'm agnostic!
I am buying one thing for my wife and nothing for anyone else, and have asked no one to spend money on me. I will send something to a charity or food shelf and then pretend that Christmas is for peace on earth, goodwill to men.
Am I the only one who doesn't have a better use for what little money they have?
Seems to me that as an agnostic you have the perfect excuse to avoid buying Christmas presents altogether.

Although I have Jewish friends who put up a Christmas tree every year "for the kids."
Bob the Bilderberg

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Nov 21, 2009
The Golf Guy wrote:
Thats what I like to hear, get in the true spirit of Christmas early. Buy, Buy, Buy.
If it weren't for the Christmas gift-giving (shopping) season, the economy would be in even worse shape.
Ann

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Nov 21, 2009
Shop Shop, I love to Shop. I'm hoping to pick up some quality made Chinese goods.

“Wher's dem turkey necks?”

Since: Dec 08

Palm Desert, CA

#8 Nov 21, 2009
For those Black Friday shoppers check out this web site. They get advance copies of the so called Black Friday Sales and then post them. Apparently stores that fought them a few years ago are now actually sending them advance ads that will appear in the paper.

http://bfads.net/

If that does not work, google "Black Friday 2009 Ads"
The Golf Guy

Apopka, FL

#9 Nov 21, 2009
Bob the Bilderberg wrote:
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If it weren't for the Christmas gift-giving (shopping) season, the economy would be in even worse shape.
My point was, in case you missed it, the true meaning of Christmas isn,t about money being spent.
dangerous spending

Brentwood, CA

#10 Nov 21, 2009
yeah.....bread and circuses....go ahead and shop....your government overlords are enslaving you.....fools...

spending into oblivion

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274...
Bob the Bilderberg

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Nov 21, 2009
The Golf Guy wrote:
<quoted text> My point was, in case you missed it, the true meaning of Christmas isn,t about money being spent.
If you believe that the origin of gift-giving at Christmas is to emulate God's gift to man of his only son and to also emulate the gifts the Christ child received on the night of his birth (as the story goes), then you must accept the fact that in order for people to celebrate the holiday with gift-giving then it's reasonable to expect that purchasing of said gifts would occur at retail stores.
Tom Van Putten

Saint Paul, MN

#12 Nov 21, 2009
The Golf Guy wrote:
<quoted text> My point was, in case you missed it, the true meaning of Christmas isn,t about money being spent.
I hear ya golf guy !!!!

Since: Apr 09

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Nov 21, 2009
Hubby and I haven't exchanged gifts with each for years. I have to admit we sure could use a new computer though. As long as this one is still kicking, that ain't going to happen. I'm actually glad I read this article. It reminded me of the $10 gift card from Kohl's. As soon as I read the article, I flew to Kohl's to use it. Got something nice for the grandaughter for $10 less plus it was on sale besides that.

We have never been one of those families that go all out for Xmas. The thing I've always appreciated the most is the spiritual side of the holiday. It actually saddens me some to have the gift-giving side of the holiday. Even when I was a kid, my favorite thing was going to church and getting a small box of chocolates. We would never put ourselves in debt for Xmas. That's not what the holiday is to us.
The Golf Guy

Apopka, FL

#14 Nov 22, 2009
Bob the Bilderberg wrote:
<quoted text>
If you believe that the origin of gift-giving at Christmas is to emulate God's gift to man of his only son and to also emulate the gifts the Christ child received on the night of his birth (as the story goes), then you must accept the fact that in order for people to celebrate the holiday with gift-giving then it's reasonable to expect that purchasing of said gifts would occur at retail stores.
No, I don't believe it was to emulate yhe birth of Jesus Christ. Giving gifts is a man thought up idea, perpetuated by retail giants who will do anything to turn a profit, including putting out Christmas items in August. It has turned into a contest for people to give gifts, because they feel guilted into it by the retail stores. Gifts which many people return to the stores to get things they really need, including the cash.
Joy

Minneapolis, MN

#16 Nov 23, 2009
I actually feel very happy this shopping season. Both Target and Walmart have assured that I will be able to purchase quality made CHINESE goods in their stores. And, for this, I salute them.
Robin

Minneapolis, MN

#17 Nov 23, 2009
I want to shop. Still, I think I'd rather go to the casino. Yummy.

Since: Apr 09

Saint Paul, MN

#18 Nov 23, 2009
Gee, I'm a big meanie for observing the true meaning of Xmas.

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