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Video: 'Tis the season: Black Friday brawlin'

With the holidays upon us, we at NolaVie wanted to help our readers get into the spirit of the season. So we offer these timely and stirring videos of Americans throwing themselves into the opening act of the yuletide celebration.

Yes, we are talking about Black Friday.

This year, it seems particularly appropriate -- and revealing -- to contemplate just where we have come, and where we are going, as a nation of consumers.

First, a look back at then and now:

And here's more about how things are now ....

Seriously, if you're actually contemplating getting out there on Friday, do a little prep work. Here is a training video:

 And of course this is not a sprint, but a marathon. So here is training video, part 2:

Getting into the swing of things? Now let's add music:

And finally, before joining the fray, do your homework. Here's a rundown of the Worst Black Friday Disasters:

But wait! We are a more global world these days. Turns out it's not just us! Click here to check out Black Friday across the pond.

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Too much? If you, like us, decide to skip the theatrics and stay at home on Friday and nurse a tall glass of hot mulled cider, then we offer this for your listening pleasure.

You choose: The videos above, or the one below?

Renee Peck is editor of NolaVie. Email her at renee@nolavie.com.