A blast of cold, Canadian air is slated to move in Thursday afternoon. There is a good chance we will see some showers and possibly a few thunderstorms as the front makes its way into the area, but with Thanksgiving being more of an “indoor holiday” plans shouldn’t be hampered, unless your plan is a Thanksgiving barbecue or you’re frying a Turkey outside (which I’ve heard is quite tasty).
It’s Black Friday that could be a bit more interesting. That Canadian air will be in full force by that point, and strong winds won’t make it feel any better as you’re stuck waiting in long lines. Temperatures will be down around 40, but with a pretty stout Northerly wind, it will feel close to freezing!
Despite the cold air headed this way and how crazy Black Friday has become, I fully intend to be one of the thousands standing in long lines to score good deals on a few things this year. It’s tradition!
In Black Fridays past, the women in my family usually awoke around 2 a.m. to brave the crowds and stock up on Christmas gifts. This yearly trip was usually considered right up there with Thanksgiving dinner itself. Growing up on the West Coast, I remember relatively warm Thanksgivings where meals were enjoyed in the backyard and while it did cool down at night, it was nothing a sweater and light jacket couldn’t solve.
When my fiancé Adam and I came to the Brazos Valley, Thanksgivings were modified. His family lived in east Tennessee and my family was still in L.A. Thanksgiving was simply a day for us to relax, take the dog on a long walk, and watch some football. It also usually involved pizza being delivered. But the next morning we would always go out and brave the stores together. Just like at home!
With family half a continent away and Adam in India at the moment, the Fullharts have generously adopted me for the holiday. (Thank you!)
However, Black Friday will go on. Even if I go it alone!
Admittedly, I’m a little nervous. I’ve always gone in a group where I could let someone else take the lead. This year, the whole list is on me and I’m attacking with the fervor of a head coach going to the Super Bowl. Most of my preparations will be for the cold. This includes about a dozen layers of clothing (I’m the type that wears sweaters when it’s 85 degrees outside) as well as a large container of hot coffee and a whole lot of waiting.
With many stores opening their doors incredibly early this year, with careful planning I should be able to get everything I want. If not, I suppose there’s always Cyber Monday!