I think I'm missing the shopping gene. You know the one obviously possessed by the hordes of people that are shown on the news, battling the crowds for a bargain. I've seen the commercials, received the flyers in the mail, and waded through the special offers crowding my inbox. All of them urging me to hit the mall on Black Friday, all of them leave me feeling...like staying home.
It's not that I have anything against shopping on Black Friday. It's just that I lack the sheer dedication to shopping that's required to get up in the pre-dawn hours and wait in the chilly dark for a store to open. Oh, and I hate crowds, especially pushing, grabbing crowds trying to search for the same things as me. There are the long lines at the register too, I can do just fine without those.
I haven't gotten my holiday shopping done yet. I haven't even started in fact. I'll choose my times to venture out and spend though. With any luck I'll be able to find time to go during off peak hours and have a calmer, or at least less frenzied, shopping experience.