Many retailers — hoping to make the most of “Black Friday,” the busy shopping day that follows Thanksgiving — open at midnight Thursday.

Best Buy in Roanoke and Christiansburg will offer $900 laptop computers for $199 and large flat-screen TVs for under $200 as “door busters,” which translate into limited quantities for those who line up early Thursday and rush headlong into the stores at the stroke of midnight.

Hope it’s worth it. We won’t be part of the mob scene.  If we shop at all this weekend, we will wait for “Small Business Saturday” and buy local — in and around Floyd — for modest gifts for family and close friends.

We have a good laptop and enough TVs.

The madness that is the Christmas shopping season means too many people will spend money they don’t have for things they don’t need for reasons that defy explanation.

That’s not what the spirit of Christmas should be.

Unfortunately, it is what it has become


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