I find “Black Friday” to be quite the nuisance. I love shopping and getting good deals just as much as the next gal. And with three small children now, playing Santa takes quite a bit of planning ahead and saving up but when it comes to the idea of Christmas starting immediately after Thanksgiving, I just can’t get on board.
A newer trend on Facebook is for November to be deemed 30 Days of Thankful. Many, including myself, post each day something they are thankful for. Even though I agree with the skeptics that you should be thankful for the people and things in your life every day, I like seeing statuses about something other than how Christmas has crept into yet another month of the year.
So Thanksgiving ends and less than nano seconds later, all that sentimental thankfulness and joy and love for family immediately goes away. Parents go out ravage each other fighting for that one coolest toy as if their child will hate them if Santa doesn’t make it appear. I’m not saying my daughter has never thrown a tantrum over not receiving something but we’ve make it a point to teach her the whole “the thought that counts” mantra. She’s three. It’s a work in progress. But that doesn’t mean we don’t try.
We will not be shopping on Black Friday. Scratch that, we might go out as a family just for giggles or the experience but we will not be up at 4 a.m. (unless one of the twinfants wants some milk). We will not be leaving our turkey dinner early. We will not be worried about scoring the hottest and coolest things. We will be thankful for what we have; thankful for another year together, thankful we have jobs to allow us to even give to the ones we love.
Maybe Black Friday can save you some money. If it’s your thing, by all means, do not let me stop you. But the monetary savings are not worth it to me. You have to sacrifice things more important in my opinion: sleep and time with your family.
So think twice before heading out today (or well, if you already went, maybe make different plans next year?)
Thanksgiving needs to be a holiday alone, not tampered with. Trust me, there’s still plenty of time for Christmas.
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