I appreciate your comments -- thanks.
I won't mince words: I fucking hate Black Friday.
And yes, a big part of it is the fact that I've worked 11 years in retail. This will be my first holiday season since I started working that I will not be working retail, only because I recently went through liquidation (Borders). Though I miss my store & my co-workers (and all those books...), I have no intention of going near the mall after Thanksgiving, until January.
I don't understand the manic obsession people have to go to a crowded mall to buy stuff for people that they probably don't really want or need. I prefer thoughtful, meaningful gifts. I do my shopping in little bits over the year, as I find things that remind me of the people I care about. If I need to buy anything after Thanksgiving, I better be able to find it online. It may not make much of a difference, but I intend to stay away from the malls during the holiday season.
While I enjoy celebrating a winter holiday where you get to exchange gifts, eat yummy food and spend time w/friends & family (though I could do w/a little less family time), I don't see xmas as anything to get all worked up over (as far as shopping is concerned).