The day after Thanksgiving in the USA is dubbed “Black Friday”. Although officially that is referring to the coffers of businesses being filled to the brim thanks to holiday shopping, it also could describe the general mood of the shoppers after hours of fighting crowds at 10 different stores for that last parking spot/sale item/shopping cart/space in line. “Black Friday” could also be a prophetic declaration of how one will feel about their bank account on “Second-thought Saturday”.
Every year the competition gets more out of control to lure shoppers in, and win their dollars. I remember when businesses would actually open their doors at their usual time. But, then someone got the “bright idea” to open up a little earlier than everyone else, and perhaps offer a “loss leader” [really big sale item] so that shoppers would BE SURE to come to their store first! Of course, it snowballed from there into earlier and earlier openings (6 am, 4 am, 3 am…midnight). NOW, stores have decided to simply stay open 24/7 starting on Thanksgiving Day and calling it the “Black Thursday Weekend” or some such nonsense. Many employees are (rightfully) upset about this. Some are even threatening to go on strike.
In the words of Charlie Brown…
It feels the new message is that “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men” is meant to happen AFTER we worship the God of Commercialism.
Alright, that’s it! It’s time to unleash my “Mom Power”. I’m putting my foot down, Drawing a line in the sand, and Taking a Stand – “once and for all”! This year, our household is choosing to boycott the chaos of the Day After Thanksgiving, and I have declared it:
Here is what we have on our “non-shopping list“
- Sleeping in
- Eating breakfast together – featuring Dad’s Omelette Scramble.
- Putting up our Christmas decorations and trimming the tree.
- Taking a long walk together with the dog
- Playing some of our favorite games: Monopoly, Sorry, Dominoes, Uno, Skip-bo, Rack-O [huh, I never noticed how many “O” games there are until just now, did you?]
- Reading books / listening to music / relaxing
- Eating dinner together [consisting of all our Thanksgiving feast leftovers]
- Watching a movie that we rented
- Singing songs together
- Praying together
- Family Hug and Tuck-in-bed Time [yes, our kids are age 21 & 18 now, but we still do this nightly ritual with whoever is at home. Sometimes, we even trade off and they tuck Mr. Mo and me into bed]