Black Friday and me

When they started building indoor/enclosed malls here in Southern California, I learned that I am truly claustrophobic.  From Black Friday until the first of the year, I cannot shop at a mall on the weekends.  I get dizzy and clammy and feel I’m going to pass out, and it’s all the people.  I can handle arenas and stadiums, but not closed malls.

So, I avoid the malls today like the plague.  If I buy anything, it’s online.  (although that’s what Cyber Monday is for.)

Nope, today is the day we start our two-day mass decor switch to Xmas.  About 2 years ago, it became too much for me to do in one day.  So now one day is the tree, and one day is the rest of the house.  Generally he gets all the boxes out today and sets up the tree itself, then works on the outdoor lights.  I decorate the rest of the inside of the house today, and do the tree tomorrow.  Capped by a glass of wine or champagne tomorrow night, my favorite xmas music blaring, no lights but the tree lights on, as my official welcome to the Christmas season.

p.s.  To those of you new to me/my blog, I discovered a few years ago I really hate red and green together.  When my husband put a big box of our indoor decorations away a few years ago, he (stupidly) put a wet door mat on top, then sealed the plastic bin.  Well, 11 months later when I opened it, everything was irretrievably moldly. so I had to start over.  It gave me pause to think about what I really wanted, since he was so wracked with guilt and giving me $$ carte blanche.  (LOL)  I decided I liked turquoise and deep plum.  And white.  So that’s what I changed everything over to.  I will post pictures once it’s all done.

Have a great weekend!  (we had a fabulous Thanksgiving with both daughters, their husbands, and our grandsons.)

31 thoughts on “Black Friday and me

  1. Jean R.

    I'm not fond of shopping in malls either. In fact, I'm not fond of shopping period but sometimes it's a necessary evil.

    Love your story about how you got to change your color theme for Christmas. That was a blessing in disguise. Deep plum is one of my favorite colors.

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  2. Sue

    I felt almost under pressure to buy something today just because it was Black Friday. I didn't, although Paul did order a Christmas Tree from Amazon – something small as we are short on space this year.

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  3. Blondie's Journal

    I am very much like you when it comes to shopping, but it's mostly the crowds that give me anxiety. I take advantage of online shopping as much as I can, and only make a handful of trips to shops, even malls. We have 2 outdoor malls that are quite fun-the decorations, cobblestone streets and sidewalks (no cars permitted), really put a spring in my step. Going to one next week, I'll take some pics.

    Smart to divide that work up, I do as well. We get a live tree so I have to wait at least 3 weeks before the big day. I do what I want starting now (!!!)

    Your colors sound lovely!! I can't wait to see your photos. Sounds like you had a lovely Thanksgiving with your family.

    Jane x

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  4. Blondie's Journal

    I am very much like you when it comes to shopping, but it's mostly the crowds that give me anxiety. I take advantage of online shopping as much as I can, and only make a handful of trips to shops, even malls. We have 2 outdoor malls that are quite fun-the decorations, cobblestone streets and sidewalks (no cars permitted), really put a spring in my step. Going to one next week, I'll take some pics.Smart to divide that work up, I do as well. We get a live tree so I have to wait at least 3 weeks before the big day. I do what I want starting now (!!!)Your colors sound lovely!! I can't wait to see your photos. Sounds like you had a lovely Thanksgiving with your family.Jane x

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  5. Marcia

    Look forward to seeing your unusual color scheme. I got the tree and decorations out of the storage unit downstairs this morning. I put the tree together and most of the decorations are on. I have some more, but need to have it rest and settle to see where there are still holes.

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  6. Chris Elliot

    Didn't venture out today so am somewhat richer than if I had. My grandkids (11, 9, 7) are coming for a sleepover on December 1st. so they will drag my tree out of the basement and decorate it for me. All I have to do are the lights.

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  7. Ann Thompson

    Sounds like a good tradition to start off the season. Several years back I decided to do something new with the tree. My daughter was so mad at me for not using the same old ornaments that I had always used. I kept the new ones and she got over it…lol

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  8. Catalyst

    Yup, blue and white seems like traditional lights after all these years. Still, I do like the red and green for bringing back my childhood Christmases.

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  9. Jimmy

    The wet door mat will do it every time, it looks like it was actually a blessing and an excellent reason to get yourself new decorations, I bet they are really nice.

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