It seems like every year stores and shoppers get in a bigger and bigger fizz over Black Friday sales. It’s gone so far now that some stores are open part or all of Thanksgiving Day! At this point, Grandma might as well forget the turkey and just toss energy bars to her family members as they’re running out the door and headed to the stores … that is, if they even manage to make it to Grandma’s house in the first place.

It seems like every year stores and shoppers get in a bigger and bigger fizz over Black Friday sales. It’s gone so far now that some stores are open part or all of Thanksgiving Day! At this point, Grandma might as well forget the turkey and just toss energy bars to her family members as they’re running out the door and headed to the stores … that is, if they even manage to make it to Grandma’s house in the first place.


I know money’s tight. Believe me. A shoestring budget would be big time for me. But come on, folks. Is snagging one of those $29.99 phones or a $10 slow cookers actually worth standing outside in line for hours? In case you haven’t noticed, it’s COLD out there!


I have my own theory on all this shopping and gift-giving. Since I don’t know of any rules stating we HAVE to give Christmas gifts on Dec. 25, let’s just postpone all the gifting stuff until maybe mid-February! About 10 seconds after the holidays are officially over, prices start dropping like skydivers out of a moving plane.


Inventory is just around the corner, so the less the stores have to count, the better. Granted, the stores are still a little (a lot) jumbled up from the holiday craziness, so it could be difficult to find some things. But consider it as a challenge, kind of like a scavenger hunt! Those are fun, right?


It’s only my theory and, OK, I only give like four gifts at the most. But hey, it could work! So while all of you are out fighting mob scenes in the toy aisles or electronics, I’ll be wherever the crowd isn’t, hopefully enjoying some Thanksgiving cheer. Have fun!



Happy birthday Friday to William R. Beene, Jackie Duggan and Ronald Leon Branton, all of Denison; Cindy Smith of Blair, Okla.; Nicklaus Wallace, Olan Bullard, Dorothy Townsend, all of Sherman; John Barnett of Georgetown; Billy Ray Robertson of Whitesboro; Andrea Bishop and Billy Dewayne McCarty, both of Dallas; Bradi Slawson of Howe; Laklynn Fulenchek of Bridgeville, Pa.; and Emily Urban.


Happy anniversary Friday to Jack and Peggy Smithson of Sherman, 50 years.


Happy birthday Saturday to Elsie Lilley, Herb Fisher, Dexter Butler and son, Dreylin Butler, all of Denison; James Craven, Keira Jones, Ricky Briggs, Mickey Edwin McCollum, Lawrence Rockins, all of Sherman; Mary Bell Hunter of St. Albans, Vt.; Charlotte Spencer of Gainesville; Lon Kurtzman of Falsom, Calif.; Carolyn Cooper of Phoenix, Ariz.; Kenneth Melton of Collinsville; Latasha Henderson of Dallas; Cale Wigington of DeSoto; and Gabriel Green of Austin.