By 4am I am up, dressed and headed to my daughter's house. We have chosen our targets and armed with our ads and our good spirits we are ready to tackle the stores. We, unlike many others this year, have opted to not shop on Thanksgiving evening (come on retailers, don't be so greedy!) and will continue our tradition of rising early. We enjoy the feeling of the early hours; the Christmas music playing, sometimes snow, cars darting here and there on empty streets and the fun of seeking bargains. This year we found what we were looking for: an electric blanket, vacuum cleaner, giant clock, and gold earrings. And found some items we didn't know we wanted: monster socks, a toaster, videos, and a paper shredder! All on the cheap and all in a spirit of fun. No pushing, no shoving, just smiles and good will towards all. We finished up as the sun rose, eating our McD's breakfast sandwiches and sipping coffee. We couldn't believe that 4 hours had passed and that we had visited 10 stores. My girl and I had a blast and all that was left was to get home, turn on those blankets and snuggle back in bed for a well earned nap. And later? Leftovers!