Why Black Friday Isn't All That Bad

Why Black Friday Isn't All That Bad

A way to bond with your family...
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Every year we all hear Black Friday horror stories. People becoming sleep deprived monsters in order to get an unnecessary amount of 60 inch flat screen TVs. Many people disapprove some stores requiring their employees to work on Thanksgiving or "Pre-Black Friday." Following the Thanksgiving festivities in my family, I always find Black Friday to be a very festive and enjoyable outing. There is no better way to get into the festive Christmas spirit.

First of all, in my family you do not go shopping on Thanksgiving. That is spent indoors with family and usually includes everyone passing out in a food coma. When I was 13, I was finally allowed to go with my mom and my aunt shopping rather than being forced to stay at home and help my dad and uncle look after my two younger cousins. I consider this time spent shopping with my mom and my aunt as one of the most intense and enjoyable bonding experiences that we share.

First. we spend some down time on Thanksgiving rewatching the parade and going through all the catalogs in order to pick out which stores we want to go to. Most of these are kids' toy stores so my aunt can go ahead and get start to my cousins' extensive Christmas lists, whereas I am all about going to get new cozy *and cheap* sweaters for the coming winter season.

Then, my favorite part, strategizing. We all sit down and map out when and where we are going and at what exact time when need to get up in the morning so that we still have plenty of time for all of us to get our various forms of caffeine.

Then its times for the shopping! This is, obviously, my favorite part. Not only do I get to pick out a few things for myself, but I love buying my friends and family Christmas gifts and checking everything off my list is incredibly satisfying. I have never once encountered a crazy free-for-all that is depicted in the news articles many of us will no doubt see the next day. I do credit this to going shopping in a small town in North Carolina.

We then end the day by subtly sneaking everything we bought back into my aunt and uncle's house (whether it's to hide how much stuff we bought from my uncle and my dad or to hide it form the kids, I'm still not 100% sure).

I feel like going Black Friday shopping with my family is in a way being invited to the "grown-ups table". I finally can hang out with them as more of friends and realize how similar we all are. I don't think that I will ever stop enjoying waking up at 4 am with them!*

*Disclaimer: just on Black Friday and Christmas, every other day I need my sleep.

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Anyone who goes to a cold school understands how miserable the winter can be. We’ll do anything and everything to avoid being outdoors; skipping class sounds much more ideal than having to suffer through getting there and back. Every day, I wonder how people did it before Uber because I most definitely couldn't.

When I'm asked why I’d ever go to a school that's so unbearably cold, my response is the same every time: “Because it’s worth it.” Because there’s nowhere else, hot or cold, in the world that I’d rather be. Because even on the coldest, snowiest days, something about being at Michigan makes me happy.

As cold as it gets and as hard as the subzero temperatures make being productive, we all adjust and have our own ways of making it work. A scarf makes any outfit that much more adorable, and speaking of outfits, what’s wrong with rotating between the same few sweatshirts every day when no one sees whats under your Goose? Nothing! And that means waking up about 10 minutes before you have to leave for class. Every cloud has a silver lining!

Most days here, even though they're bitter cold, are nice and sunny, making for such a pleasant environment. If it were dark and gloomy every day, maybe it'd be harder to survive the winter. It’d be harder to leave bed every day, but luckily that’s not the case. It’s definitely cold, but layers are a pretty good solution.

You know how they say you can’t have a rainbow without rain? I’d argue the same about having seasons. The bitterly cold winter makes the summer that much more special. I, for one, will not be taking a second of this summer for granted. When I’m not working, I will be outside for some reason or another taking it all in. Yearlong heat definitely has its pros, but there is something amazing to be said about changing seasons.

Anyone would agree that it'd be nice if winter were just a little warmer. You know, not so cold that you walk outside and lose feeling in your extremities, but also cold enough for a cute sweater, scarf, hat, jacket and boots.

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Don't Use Valentine's Day As An Excuse to Show Your Love

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Valentine's Day has come and gone. That day was filled with love, affection, and care. You wake up in the morning with excitement for the day and show those special people in your life that you care. It was just another day, but a slightly better, slightly happier day because you can literally see the love in the air.

There are three positions on Valentine's Day: those people who have a valentine and therefore, they have the whole day planned out. The other extreme is those who yearn for a valentine and therefore, are bitter and cynical about this day. The third lot is rare because they are the ones that are completely neutral about Valentine's Day and they don't mind it.

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This day emphasizes on making those special people in your life feel special. It is a celebration of caring and love and there is nothing wrong with this. It doesn't need to be about romantic love, it extends to all loves like platonic and familiar.

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