Yesterday when Lynn and I were out, I happened to mention out of the blue that it was the American Thanksgiving weekend. From what I’ve heard from friends that live in the US, the Thanksgiving weekend(the 4 days of it) is essentially the kick-off to the Christmas holiday season there.
Part of that tradition is the annual “Black Friday” sales that occur, surprisingly on ….today………Friday.
It wasn’t all that long ago, that the “Black Friday thing” in Canada was something that only occurred in the United States, and in news clips, we here in Canada might watch at 6:00pm. Maybe if you live close to a US border city, you might head off to States and try to snap up some “Black Friday” deals of your own. But, that’s about it.
But, things change and evolve over time, and as it often happens, whenever the “big white elephant” to the south of us rolls over, it has an effect on us back in Canada.
Now, “Black Friday” is a thing here as well.
At least I think it is.
Is it as crazy and chaotic here as it appears to be in the United States?
Honestly, I have no idea. Maybe?
I certainly have seen ads online and in print for those massive and exciting “Black Friday” sales at Canadian retailers. But, as to whether people line up all night to grab one of the two 75% off big-screen televisions at Best Buy? Again, no idea.
And honestly, I couldn’t care less than I already do.
I don’t want to end up sounding like I’m some sort of Christmas Scrooge-like character or evil anti-Christmas “Grinch.” Far from it.
I find Christmas and the holiday season, one of, if not the most satisfying and enjoyable times of the year. Family, friends, and reflecting back upon what the true meaning of the season is about – that’s all me.
But, what I rail against is this insane and rabid consumerism of spending on stuff …..that most people – honestly …..honestly couldn’t and don’t care about 27.5 minutes after they open the gift on Christmas morning. I often wonder if people don’t fall into some sort of conspiratorial mania of simply spending and buying for the act of spending and buying. Like they’re addicted to the rush of the whole experience.
All of this may make me sound like………a bit of a dick…and I get that some may think that. And you may not be far off that mark in many ways.
One of my favourite sayings this time is “’tis the season of excess.”
I am cheap; a tightwad – don’t want to spend a buck or two?
Nope – not at all.
I wrote and posted “Think Small” about this time last year.
Over the next couple of weeks, Lynn and I will finish up most of our gift purchases. It does take us a fair bit of time to get it done. And like in previous years, we’ll hit every little locally owned and unique shop we can find, hunting and searching for those “perfect gifts.” The gifts that fit who we’re thinking of.
Does it cost more? Usually – but not always.
Are we “gifting” based on “the number of gifts and presents to give someone.” No…….not really.
For us it’s about …….. “the gift”……not “a gift.”
This post has been all over the place……….just think small and support local.
–as always with love–
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