Avoiding Black Friday chaos

Every year on Black Friday, vast amounts of people line up in the early a.m. hours, just hoping to grab that coveted gift before it sells out.  There’s pushing, yelling, and occassional stampedes.  And every year for as long as I can remember, there has always been those who are injured.

Now, I have to admit, the proceeding news stories that night which show mothers and the alike passionately arguing over a stuffed toy is fairly amusing (does anyone remember the particular Black Friday chaos surrounding “Tickle Me Elmo” ?!).   But in this, the digital age, these people’s behavior is mostly just bewildering.

Why, oh why, would you not just shop online?!

Almost every mass produced item or “hot”  gift out there is online, ready for purchase with just a click of the button.  Stand outside with “elbows out”  at 4 a.m. in the freezing cold, or sit in my pajamas and surf the web?  The choice seems painfully obvious.

We’ll even help you streamline the online process!  According to Amazon.com, below are three of the most anticipated gifts of 2010:

1. A Kindle: Lightweight, portable, environmentally friendly, and relatively cheap (starting at $139).  Like a book from the future.

2. The iPhone 4: Describing all the functions of the iPhone, of any generation, would take numerous blog entries.  Sufficient to say, this thing is beyond cool. 

3. Jewelry: The classic gift.   More than just size or price value, the big theme within the jewelry sector is meaning.  With that in mind, how about a piece of religious jewelry?  Beauty, meaning (and if you look in the right spot, like here), affordability all wrapped in one.  Easy.

Click, click….done.   Bet those people are still waiting outside the store.