It's "Black" Friday ... the day after Thanksgiving when the Christmas shopping season officially begins ... and we were out with the crowds. No ... we did not get up for the 4 am or 5 am or 6 am openings of stores. We went later in the day and we shopped for fun.
Heading out Friday morning, we picked up some bargains as we shopped, taking in the Christmas atmosphere of decorations and Santa and children.
But one thing we wondered almost everywhere we went: Where was the Christmas music?
It was in Kohl's but it wasn't in Target. It wasn't at Short Pump Towne Center outside walking around ... and it wasn't inside the Food Court where Santa was hearing children's Christmas wishes. It wasn't at the restaurant where we ate lunch.
I distinctly remember shopping in past years with the joyful sounds of Christmas music playing as everyone bustled here and there with arms full of packages. The sounds of the season created an air of festivity.
We managed to get in the Christmasy spirit anyway ... and then we headed back to my parents' house to work on that zillion-piece jigsaw puzzle some more, watch Christmas movies, and eat leftover turkey.
I love this time of year!