Black Friday, the consumer spending holiday is also known as Evacuation Day (there is also a Daily Show video) and Buy Nothing Day. I, personally, did not participate in the shopping blitz, but I did manage an hour's walk around the neighborhood and later ninety minutes of Fort Snelling tennis. The walk was pretty pleasant for the 25th of November. The temperature peaked at 52 degrees - not a record, but pretty exceptional for this late in the fall. The Governor's Mansion on Summit has decorated for the Christmas season in a simple, understated, but premature manner.
Christmas decorations are up at the governor's mansion. There is still a little snow on the lawn, too.
The walk continued along Summit and past the law school until I discovered a previously unpictured bench next to the Steppingstone Theatre on Victoria. The bench is a little off the beaten track and not easily accessible, but seemingly well constructed. It's getting so I can't walk by a bench without snapping off a photo. It's only memory that I'm temporarily using.
Another pretty nice public bench with freeze dried flowers (roses?) in the foreground.