I waited until the end of the night because frankly I felt like a cloud hung over me all. day. long. I know, I know. It's the opposite of grateful to stay in a funk all day long when there are so many things to be joyful about. BUT, consumerism seems to bring out the worst in me.
I don't mind shopping. I just don't like shopping retail. So one could imagine that Black Friday would be my dream day. Guess again, Black Friday is a retail drug disguised as a frugal fiesta. Ordinarily happy, decent people morph into contestants from the Hunger Games as they gear up to ensure that they get the BEST deal possible--even if they don't need the stuff. (then again, what do we REALLY need in America?)
Fortunately, I made it through the day without buying ANYTHING. No groceries, no bills, nothing. No buyer's remorse feels great! No additional debt or clutter feels terrific.
Granted, I do have gifts to purchase (we draw names for the kids in both families and get gifts for our moms) and I look forward to crafting some special gifts as well. Also, I look forward to narrowing down the three special gifts we will get for the kids.
Less is more.
I am praying that my kids will recognize that giving time & talents can be just as meaningful as exchanging commodities. These lessons will be our primary gifts to them.