Quiet is good, too.
"If you saw a man walking down the street wearing that hat, you would say, 'He's not afraid of anything!' "
At 4 in the afternoon, DH and I got dressed up and headed downtown for our 5:30 dinner reservations. I had wild scallops with basil risotto. DH had the classic turkey dinner. We shared a slice of pie, and cruised on back home. No dishes to wash, no family drama, no hangovers, no repercussions. I LOVE a quiet family holiday.
And then, Black Friday. My Australian friends have been wondering what all this Black Friday stuff is about, since as far as they know, it's the Friday before Easter. It's sort of hard for me to explain, seeing as how I won't play. Trying to explain BlackFriday sales that start at 8PM Thursday night, or "Door Buster" sales that have people sitting outside a store for 72 hours in order to be the first in line for a $200 flat-screen TV. Trying to explain fistfights at Toys-R-Us when the store runs out of the must-have item of the season. I think I'm becoming adrenalin intolerant. I really don't WANT to shove in with the masses and experience the unnecessary roughness of full-contact, hand-to-hand shopping.
There are stores without so much madness. Costco, right after opening, anywhere but the electronics department was a cruise-through. Petco wasn't bad at all. We were going to a little alterations shop where DHfound me my very favorite tote bag, but they weren't open, so we went next door and visited the Asian grocery store. It was fascinating! There were lots of people there doing their weekly shopping, but they were tolerant of tourists like us, lollygagging along and being flummoxed by the packaging. "Pickled mustard in a plastic bag? It looks like half a cabbage." "Dried shredded squid? For the kids' lunch boxes?" "Want a can of quail eggs?" There were live lobsters and fishes in tanks, vegetables and fruit of mysterious sizes and colors, noodles made of everything from wheat to corn starch, and bags of eye-searingly brightly colored candies. If you get a can of Cambodian boiled peanuts from me, you know where it came from. We went in to kill time and came out with $30 worth of groceries.
Other quiet stores this time of year are drug stores and hardware stores. I try to get all my shopping done by Thanksgiving, but somehow, the year slipped up on me when I wasn't looking. I usually mail my Christmascards today. Not gonna happen this year. I still have to write the sucker. And as for the holiday rum balls - it's time to get those started, too.
Well, the holidays will come, whether I'm ready or not. And we will all enjoy them to the fullest, because we are just that kind of people. If you're in the area, come to our party at the Monaco Hotel from 1 till 5 on the 30th. There will be singing!