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Finished shopping yet for Christmas?

Black Friday, Cyber Monday and all those pressures from the bombardment of deal after deal, no more to come before the big holiday is past.

At least many people hope so. There are 24 shopping days left before the magic hour of midnight tolls and all little boys and girls are fast asleep.

That is the perfect picture, but nothing is perfect.

Ahead lies more shopping days, the search for that perfects gift, days of baking goodies, candy making and house cleaning. Then there are rehearsals for Christmas cantatas and plays, and planning for church dinners, children’s activities and outreaches to the shut-ins and elderly.

If all the black and blue bruises from Black Friday shopping are healed, true-blue shoppers have returned to their browsing, looking at and turning over sweaters, shirts, skirts, blouses, coats and other merchandise, seeking that best deal ever.

Isn’t it amazing that 212 million shoppers spent days and hours awaiting the final second tick off the clock and the magic hour of those early openings?

The mad scramble and turmoil of shopping in crowds gone wild by the appeal of a dollar or two, or even hundreds of dollars, on just one or two special items on sale.

Mad over money. Stuffed with anger, animosity, greed, power and determination shoppers went at it furiously.

Black Friday shoppers spent $4.5 billion in stores and on websites. That, retail U.S.A. anticipated, made up 20 to 40 percent of their annual revenues for 2011.

One report said the average BF shopper spent $365.34, or $22.92 more than in 2010.

Add Cyber Monday sales, an average $194.98, and you have big money. Probably big debt, too, if plastic was used by many of those shoppers.

Did you get those special items and save big money?

If not, keep shopping!