The year my husband and I were engaged, we saw an ad for JCPenney’s Black Friday sale on suits and men's finer clothing. Since we were getting married in March, we thought this was the opportune time to buy his wedding clothes and decided to make the Black Friday rounds.

To make things more complicated, my husband belonged to a men's prayer group that met for breakfast at 6 a.m. on Fridays. My son was with me that week and was only five years old (Scott's two children were at their mom's); however, my kiddo is always up for an adventure. With the promise of McDonald's, Jack and I rolled out of bed at 4 a.m. and met Scott in front of JCPenney when they were opening at five am.

It was cray cray! This was 15 years ago, and people would wait in line all night and do a mad dash into the electronics section. We strolled in at 5:15 a.m., my son was given a snow globe upon entering the store, and he was charmed.

We made our way leisurely over to the men's department, where we had the place to ourselves. My husband chose a gorgeous black wool suit, very stylish. Our budget stretched to include a fabulous pale pink tie, a crisp white button-down, and even some incredibly fashionable shoes because the savings were so good. Scott was really into shoes. He had more than I did.

With the pandemic and the changing world, every day is Cyber Monday this holiday season.

Online shopping is the way to go this year. Although I miss being able to touch, feel and hold items I want to purchase, I don't miss the crowds, and I do like being able to shop around while still in my bunny slippers.

However, I need to get a tube on my keyboard that I can blow into to test my sobriety. A glass of wine, a credit card and an Amazon Prime account is a dangerous combination. There have been a few surprises in my mailbox that I've completely forgotten I ordered because I was not thinking quite clearly. Fortunately, when I shop and drink, I'm very frugal. I have more novelty keychains than any one person should have. I don't know what it is about little sayings on rings that amuses me, but apparently, that's what I like most.

Now don't worry, my drinking is under control, and so is my spending, but it would be nice to have a little more oversight. So, of course, this Black Friday will be different, but so will Cyber Monday, Christmas, Hanukkah and any other holidays coming up. Because, well . . . 2020.

In fact, I don't think I'm going to buy gifts this year. I'm going to write heartfelt letters to each person I love, telling them why they mean so much to me. Maybe I'll include a keychain in the envelope. I certainly have plenty.

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