Posts Tagged ‘2008’

black_fridayAs those who have followed this holiday blog over the past two years may recall, I take a dim view of crass Christmas commercialism, and particularly the abject feeding frenzy known as “Black Friday” – that morning after Thanksgiving when millions rise in the pre-dawn darkness to stand in line outside retail outlets before engaging in a mad rush to “get the best for less.” And I do mean “mad rush.” This post Turkey-day buying hysteria has escalated beyond all rhyme and reason over the last couple of decades, and last year, as was probably inevitable, someone got trampled to death.

But this year, things will be different – or so Wal mart assures us.  They’re moving the start of  Black Friday to to Thanksgiving morning, and remaining open through Black Friday.

One is tempted to argue – since the hot deals will first become accessible on Thanksgiving proper (and in limited supply) – that this will just make for the same sort of maniacal rush as in previous years, but on Thanksgiving day, rather on Friday.  Besides detracting from time spent with family at hearth and home.

Sound fun? Sure it does! Why relax and enjoy good food and drink with friends and family when you can stress out fighting the hordes of rabid deal-seekers at Wallyworld?

To read previous articles on the subject of  Black Friday, follow the links after the snip, below.

November 11, 2009

Calming the Black Friday Crowds


A year after an unruly crowd trampled a worker to death at a Wal-Mart store, the nation’s retailers are preparing for another Black Friday, the blockbuster shopping day after Thanksgiving. Along with offering $300 laptops and $99 navigation devices, stores are planning new safety measures to make sure the festive day does not take another deadly turn.

Last year, frenzied shoppers at a Wal-Mart in Valley Stream, N.Y., trampled Jdimytai Damour, a temporary store worker who died soon afterward. To prevent any repeat, Wal-Mart has sharply changed how it intends to manage the crowds.

That new plan, developed by experts who have wrangled throngs at events like the Super Bowl and the Olympics, will affect how customers approach and enter the stores, shop, check out and exit. Each store will have its own customized plan. The hope is for an orderly Black Friday, a seemingly incongruous notion.

The most significant change at Wal-Mart is that the majority of its discount stores (as opposed to its Supercenters) will open Thanksgiving morning at 6 a.m. and stay open through Friday evening. Last year, those stores closed Thanksgiving evening and reopened early Friday morning. By keeping the stores open for 24 hours, Wal-Mart is hoping for a steady flow of shoppers instead of mammoth crowds swelling outside its stores in the wee hours of Friday….

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Previous articles on Black Friday from Simplify Christmas–

Why not try doing some low-key shopping locally, and dispense with Black Friday? More fun, less stress, and the money spent locally will either stay in our community or will go towards helping the less fortunate.  A printable 5-page list of local holiday bazaars may be found here. Likewise, Christmas bazaars, and many free/low-cost holiday events are listed at the SimplyXmas Calendar, which is constantly updated from now right through until New Year’s.


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The rain let up, it wasn’t too cold, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. All around, it was very festive. Particularly impressive was the towering Christmas tree with the star at top.

Bellingham Lighted Boat Parade, December 2008

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Hyper-idealized Victorian Country Christmas

  • What: All shopkeepers in Victorian attire – Singing nativity and strolling musicians – Two stages with live entertainment – Visit with Santa – Ride the Christmas Train &/or the Old Cannery Train – Ride the Christmas Carousel – Christmas kitchen with demonstrations – Christmas Market featuring 70 vendors of unique, handcrafted items – – Holiday House featuring furniture, Christmas décor and experts to answer your design questions – 530 shops – Winter Wine Garden
  • Where: Western Washington Fairgrounds, Puyallup, WA [map]
  • When: December 3-6, 10:00am-9:00pm | December 7, 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Admission: Adults: $9.50 | Seniors (62+): $8.00 | Students (6 – 18): $8.00 | Military w/ ID: $8.00 | Kids 5 & under are FREE | Groups Specials available | All tickets at the door.
  • Parking: FREE

For more information, see the official website

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Mystery Ship

  • What: Lighted Boat Parade  Reception for spectators and boaters at Semiahmoo Resort 4:30-7:30: RSVP here
  • Where: May be viewed from 9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy. Blaine, WA [map]
  • When: Vessels leave Blaine and Semiahmoo Marinas at 4:30 p.m. Lights on in Semiahmoo Bay at 5. Return to marinas by 6:30.


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Bellingham Friends of the Public Library Booksale, December 3-6, 2008

  • What: A lot of high-quality used books, including children’s books, at low-low prices. A great place to do some frugal Christmas shopping, or just pick up some titles you’ve been looking for.
  • Where: Bellingham Library, Main Branch, 210 Central Ave., Bellingham, WA [map]
  • When: Wed, December 3, 3:00pm-6:00pm (preview sale – double marked price) | Thurs, December 4, 10:00am-8:00pm (marked prices) | Fri, December 5, 10:00am-6:00pm (1/2 price) | Sat, December 6, 10:00am-3:00pm ($3.00/bag).

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  • What: Live Christmas Music, Gingerbread House Contest, horse drawn wagon rides, children’s art activities, free hot cider and cookies, visits w/Santa (photographer available), Lighted Boat Parade (4:30pm-6:00pm, Saturday). Bring a non-perishable food item for the Bellingham Food Bank and receive a FREE photo keychain from Artiem Photography.
  • Where: Bellingham Cruise Terminal (Alaska Ferry), 355 Harris Avenue, Bellingham [map]
  • When: Fri, December 5, 2008, 12:00pm-8.00pm | Sat, December 6, 11:00am-6:00pm | Sun, December 7, 11:00am-5:00pm
  • Admission: FREE


From Interstate 5, southbound–

1.) Take exit 250 for WA-11 S/Old Fairhaven Parkway toward Chuckanut Drive
2.) Turn right at Old Fairhaven Pkwy/WA-11
3.) Continue on Donovan Ave
4.) Continue on 10th St
5.) Turn left at Harris Ave

From Interstate 5, northbound–

1.) Take exit 250 for WA-11 S/Old Fairhaven Pkwy toward Chuckanut Drive
2.) Turn left at Old Fairhaven Pkwy/WA-11
3.) Continue on Donovan Ave
4.) Continue on 10th St
5.) Turn left at Harris Ave

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