I keep seeing Black Friday ads - already! It's not even Thanksgiving - what are they thinking? Not long ago I was pleased to see a photo of a Nordstrom's door that announced their intention not to decorate for Christmas until the appropriate time. Good for them! If I were inclined to shop, I'd shop there. I think I've finally gotten sick of the all the commercialism in my old age. Anyone who knows me will be the first to tell you that I do occasionally shop and that I like stuff - but over the past few years, I've gotten rid of junk I was hanging on to for whatever reason and pared my surroundings down to only the things I use and things I really like. I have only shopped on Black Friday once in my life and I remember exactly when it was: twenty years ago. I had gotten a flyer in the mail at the office about a special invitation-only sale at Burdine's (back before it was Macy's - it's been that long!) and so my mother and I drove off to the mall early on the appointed morning of the event and literally shopped until we dropped. The sale at Burdine's was okay, but the real bargains were to be had at Belk (before it was Dillard's - Lord, I'm old!) and the best part was their free gift wrapping. After a dinner at Cracker Barrel, Mama and I dragged ourselves and our gaily wrapped packages into the house - our holiday shopping complete a full month before Christmas. It made the holidays seem sort of anti-climactic that year and I haven't done it - or spent as much - since. I looked at a few of the ads online that promised Black Friday deals - and most of the stuff is just junk that kids will open, play with for a week or so, and then move on to something else - like the box it came in. You can't go wrong with a good box, I always say. I wish shoppers (and retailers) would forgo quantity for quality and be more generous with charitable giving. But that's not going to happen, is it? I wonder what would happen if a sizable portion of the population decided to boycott shopping on Black Friday - I'm going to do my part again this year.
4 years ago