This post is quite late, but you'll have to forgive me. As my husband put it, we're in Turbo Christmas Panic Mode. We're making lots of gifts this year, and there's still some shopping to do, and all the while the normal everyday things still need doing.
As we do pretty much every year, we opted out of Black Friday shopping this year. Well, sort of. We attended the Homestead Heritage Thanksgiving Craft and Children's Fair. This is truly the way to spend Thanksgiving weekend. Loads of live demos of homesteading and craft skills, the nicest folks you'll ever meet in your life, great food (hot apple cider, anyone?), and the best kind of shopping - buying beautifully crafted, worthwhile goods that were handmade mostly by children.
We saw live demonstrations of blacksmithing, metal casting, woodworking, cheese making, sheepdog herding, horse farming, pottery and probably more than I'm not remembering now. We had a handful of good friends with us, and a good time was had by all, out of the malls, out of the traffic and out of the stress.