I have never shopped on Black Friday, I never will shop on Black Friday, and I
will not shop on Thanksgiving Day no matter what the sales are. I will enjoy
Thanksgiving for. what it is. There will be nice presents under the tree for my
family, but I will not go into debt or participate in crazed behavior to provide
them. Our family will do our best to remember what Christmas is truly about.
"You have to have these things to enjoy your children and your
family..." I personally feel that getting two laptops for 7- and 11-year old
children is not necessary in order to enjoy quality family time.
As my husband says, " those that go crazy on now "Black Thursday",
the new American Institution, belong in an institution." Are all those
'THINGS' really needed over time with friends and family? I
wouldn't trade my family time for any of those things. It is not worth the
twenty to a hundred dollars I could save, never mind missing out on all the
memories we make! Nothing is worth that big a price. I will not succumb to the
pressure. There has to be a line drawn somewhere and this is it for me!!
(However I did go out shopping this afternoon. Oh well!)
We decided some time ago -- noting how quickly many of the store bought gifts
fell apart with light use -- that it wasn't worth our while. With few
exceptions, we make our own gifts; as does my mother and my siblings. My sister annually makes matching pajamas for everyone in each family as we
rotate around gift giving with my siblings (we each look forward to our turn at
new matching family PJs). I make a variety of things - ceramic and wood type
gifts. My wife sews, and we also give home made preserves and soaps.Our only trip to the stores is to get a yard of fabric, a bit of hardware or a
pint of glaze for this year's creations. And what is truly great is that
our children have caught the spirit of it all and busily engage themselves in
making gifts for us and each other. The light in their faces when they present
you with a gift that they spent so much creativity and hard work to fashion is
indescribable. With few exceptions, the gifts that mean the most are the ones
that came from self sacrifice and hard work.
Thanksgiving is for friends and family. Friday, I managed to avoid the entire
'black' experience. I got a pair of jeans and a shirt, a mini air
compressor for the van, and a few bags of crisps. And I picked up just over six
thousand pounds of stuff folks back in utah need me to deliver. I hadn't
anticipated they wanted this much. I love being out of state, and I'm
thankful for good trailer tires and an economic recovery.
Our education system is why Black Friday came into existence, the public is
still in training and brainwashed that personal debt, credit scores, and
spending is good for the economy so they have this OCD compulsion they are
required to buy, even if they don't have use for it or if its newer
gadgetry. Until consumers are faced with jail or prison do they
realize they have been lied to all their lives about debt being a good thing,
and that it can be overcome without even looking back at a credit score. All
consumers have to do is simplify needs and remember every dollar they spend goes
to China, Mexico, Asia, and not a cent is staying in this country, except that
$10 hr clerks wage and sales tax they pay.
It's people with more debt than IQ. Corporate Utah has spent 40
years running our education system so schools can put out good debt minded
consumers who never get an ounce of economic education that explains how debt
and the economy is a self destructive force, if not properly controled. Corporations are pushing our children into practicing debt spending
without a thought or consideration of the relationship of income to debt ratio,
the old credit standards I grew up with. I bet 80% of consumers under 60
don't know what a debt to income ratio is.Its time for the
grandparents and great grandparents get involved in consumer spending and get
some education out their to explain why it is not a good idea to maintain this
course of lifestyle. We are seeing what it has done to the wealth of the nation
and economy by government denial to control themselves and this is exactly why
our economy is in failed condition.When our governor talks of new
found $460 million windfall taxes, it means he has found another loop hole to
increase the states debt limit and more suffering when trying to repay capital
debts of a government.
Nothing but greedy, simpleminded sheep. Giving up well needed, well deserved
time with family for shopping on Thanksgiving.Nobody ever laid on their
death bed saying "I wish I would have spent more time with my stuff".