Here we go again…down, down, down the path of no return.
When I was a child my parents spent Thanksgiving Day cooking, watching the Macy’s parade, eating, cleaning up, watching the football game, and napping. In between each activity there was talking and laughing and sometimes a bit of arguing with whatever relative happened to be in the house. I don’t recall Mother ever forgetting anything she needed for our meal or sending anyone to the store for more of anything. No one left the house in the middle of the afternoon to go shopping.
Now “Black Friday” has slowly but surely encroached on our day of gratitude until it has crossed the magic line of midnight and become “Thrifty Thursday”. Millions of shoppers will head to the stores as early as mid-afternoon tomorrow to be the first to save a few bucks on Christmas gifts. I predict that one day we will just skip the parade, have an early brunch, and be in the stores by NOON. Why not? Shopping and sales and savings seem to be much more important than family and friends and thankfulness.
Oh, you are shopping FOR your family and friends?
And you must get out there and beat some imaginary deadline and save lots of money on something you couldn’t otherwise afford to buy?
Do you hear yourself??? Seriously? Do not for one moment think that I believe any of that. Black Friday or Thursday or Cyber Monday is all about the thrill of the hunt. It’s about excitement and feeling special. It’s about following the latest trends and buying the “in” thing. It’s about bragging rights. It’s about a hundred things that have nothing to do with necessity.
So do whatever makes you happy tomorrow afternoon. Shop ‘til you drop. But just be aware that someone who may want to be home with their family must be in the store to wait on you. Someone who can’t afford to say “no” may put your purchases in a bag. And whatever you do tomorrow may set in motion a new standard for shopping next year and the next. Retailers will respond to what you do during the next few days and will plan next year’s sales accordingly. So…good luck to you!
Me? I’ll be napping. Most of my shopping is already done. I’ll finish the rest when I can. Somehow I never miss the big deadline…Dec. 25.