Is this what Christmas is all about?

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Is this what Christmas is all about?
Sun, 11-30-2003 - 11:49am
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Sun, 11-30-2003 - 2:45pm
I saw that on the news last night. Disgusting. There was a scuffle outside a Toys R Us store too that was caught on video. Women pushing each other trying to get ahead in the line up outside of the store. I have always despised the commericialism, but this is waaaaay over the top.
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sun, 11-30-2003 - 6:34pm
i didnt read the whole article, but did read about it on the web already. isnt it a shame and rediculous. that is exactly why i *never* go shopping the day after thanksgiving. i dont give a damn how cheap something is, i will not fight the *idiots* like what were at that store. dh and i go on "off" times, ie: sunday mornings(with the rest of the heathens), dinner time etc. we are not rich by any means, and do appreciate a bargain, but the way the people are on these occasions is dogmatic, and i refuse to participate.

and what is christmas all about???? why do we have to fight for the perfect present? i have never searched the world over for the perfect present. a present is a token of thoughtfulness, imo, and should not have such empasis on it. yes i like to have nice gifts for my family, but if it means going out at 4am to wait for a store to open, my family will just have to do without it.

this is a very sad case, and the people involved should be ashamed of themselves.....but i doubt if they are.......

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Sun, 11-30-2003 - 8:33pm

I find this terribly sad.

Okmrsmommy-36, CPmom to DD-16 and DS-14

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sun, 11-30-2003 - 9:50pm
Awwwww, and WalMart promises to put a DVD player on hold for her. Gee, what champs.
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Mon, 12-01-2003 - 7:48am
Yeah, wasn't that big of them? I think the whole opening at 6 a.m. thing is a bunch of crap. The only reason I had to go to the store on Friday was because my DS2's best friend's birthday party was Saturday. I went to Target around the corner from me. It wasn't very busy and they had all registers going. I didn't even have to wait in line at the register. People think they're going to miss some huge sale if they don't get out at 6 a.m. That's pretty pathetic IMO.
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Mon, 12-01-2003 - 9:38am
These stories are just disgusting.

This year was the first year I went shopping on the Friday morning sales. It was totally unplanned on my part. My MIL had kept the kids overnight on Thanksgiving. On Friday morning, dh woke me up at 6 am. I was about to tell him to bite me (not often do I have a chance to sleep in LOL) but before I could he explained to me had the van cleaned out, fueled up, and warmed up. He handed over a bank envelope full of cash and the checkbook. He even made coffee.

I felt I had no choice. I had to go. Opportunities like these don't come up that often.

The first store was the best. No carts rammed into my behind, no outrageous lines, plentiful staff handing out rainchecks, fellow shoppers sharing ads for other stores, free coffee, etc. I had great luck... the go-go walking pup on dsd's list was a steal of a deal, and the store was running out so I am so glad I went because last year we failed to fulfill her furreal list and I don't know if I can handle another disappointed child on Christmas.

Target was mildly disappointing. I imagine the store looked like a looting scene; ads all over the floor, no carts, people unwilling to look you in the eye, screaming children and huge areas of toy shelving emptied. I started to wonder if it was worth the hassle for a $6 light bright that my kids might not even play with... I did find a display of BeyBlade thingees that I was completely ignorant about. As they were being gobbled up off the shelf I asked a few shoppers what they were? One woman just shrugged as she loaded her cart. Another told me flat out she was as clueless as I was but they were cheap. Maybe that is the true essence of Christmas shopping - don't know, don't care, but my kids will want it because all the other kids have it. Baaaa-wahaa. It's no wonder I find this crap at yard sales all summer long with remnants of wrapping paper still attached. I guess I'm just not into quantity shopping when it comes to gifts.

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Mon, 12-01-2003 - 11:55am

Zak loves bayblades but I don't get them. They are cheap plastic tops with stickers on top. He begs for them and I get them. Then, they end up in the shared toy box (the graveyard of Zak's toys). It makes me so mad. He is begging for one of the $30.00 launchers and I am not going to get it. Overpriced junk.

Devin and I both laughed when anyone asked us if we went early morning shopping on Friday. It is my version of purgaratory. I would pay more for the stuff just to stay out of the crowds. So not worth the stress, the cold, the crowds and the waiting.

Yes, my middle name is Scrooge.

"I do not want to be a princess! I want to be myself"

Mallory (age 3)


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Tue, 12-02-2003 - 10:28am

LOL, I thought the SAME thing.

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Tue, 12-02-2003 - 4:32pm

My boys love the bayblades too.


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Wed, 12-03-2003 - 9:45am
Its not what Christmas is about. Its what frenzied crowds are about. I avoid the things all over the place, and when I opt to become part of one, I do it with full awareness of where I am. You wouldn't find me at any Wallmart at 6am waiting for a $29 DVD player. Well wait. If THAT was the only way I could afford one, its possible that you might find me there at some point. Maybe not yet as most stuff still seems to be avail for VCR. But maybe eventually. One more reason not to live on a shoestring I guess. Don't forget, this woman was THERE gunning for the same gime gime gime as everyone else. Whatever it was that motivates people to do this sort of thing - she was cut from the same cloth, apparently. This isn't bad or astonishing Christmas behaviour. Its regular frenzied crowd behaviour and its a good reason to avoid the things if possible. They are dangerous by nature. Even in Nov.