Opposing Viewpoints: Black Friday more than day for shopping

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Some people get runner’s high. Others find that public speaking really gets their adrenaline going. For me, a great sale produces a sense of excitement only found in times of frenzy–and Black Friday is the perfect time for this mass hysteria.

Black Friday is notoriously full of swarms of people fighting over discounted items. Stories of trampled and injured shoppers spot news stations across the nation. Narratives of intense fighting over televisions and furniture are brought up in casual conversations over coffee.

To someone who has never experienced Black Friday, this may sound like the last thing you would want to do. Despite this, I encourage each and every one of you to go at least once in your life. You will not regret it.

Even if you’re not one for sales or shopping, the experience of a chaotic store can be intriguing. It’s a superb opportunity for people-watching, one of the main reasons I join the crowds of shoppers every year.

The nicest people turn vicious at the sight of a 60-percent-off price tag on a flat screen TV. Moms hurriedly push shopping carts filled with Barbies and Legos in the aisles of Target. The whole scene is hilarious and ridiculous at the same time. Of course, the sales are great, too.

One of the main reasons that I love Black Friday is because it marks the start of the holiday season. Feelings of nostalgia and holiday spirit follow.

It’s a tradition to come home after a long morning of shopping and turn up holiday jams, heat up cocoa, and dec- orate the house with tinsel and lights. Black Friday is about the experience and traditions, not just the sales.

Black Friday is an American tradition that’s not going away any- time soon. Whether you like it or not, there will always be huge sales on Thanksgiving night and early into the morning. Why not join in the frenzy of crazy shoppers and find your family’s Christmas gifts for half price while you’re at it?

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