I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I loved having lots of family around to make food, eat food and play games with. It was truly a blast and I am so grateful for every single person. There are so many sale posts out there right now so I thought I should share some of my own views on Black Friday. While I love sales and will certainly purchase some gifts this weekend, I have come to some conclusions about Black Friday, over the years.
I am all about finding deals and waiting for sales. The problem I have with Black Friday is that is makes a holiday that has become a time to give thanks and spend time with your loved ones into something much more material. Again I am all for great sales and love to find new pieces (ie. I totally am not against a certain material lifestyle). There is a time and place for everything. Buying is something that is pushed in our faces every day via advertisement. Thanksgiving, for me, is one of very few days in the year when I don’t think about buying anything and just focus on my family, food and having some fun. I feel like Black Friday has turned the holiday into something else. I know it is not on the exact same day but it is way too close and really takes away from the spirit of Thanksgiving.
I am not at all bashing those who do participate because that is entirely up to you. People have their own traditions around the holidays and some people readily include Black Friday which is totally ok with me. I am suggesting my own alternative. For years my family has taken the day after Thanksgiving to get outside and make some fun family memories. This year we will be going skiing but other years have included hikes/walks outside. No matter how tall the mountain or great the lake, there are so many beautiful things to experience in nature. REI has a great ethic when it comes to Black Friday. They close their stores entirely and encourage people to get outside with the hashtag OptOutside.
There is nothing wrong with big sales! I don’t have any problem with cyber Monday, I just get frustrated when the focus becomes more on buying things than enjoying time with family, especially on a holiday such as Thanksgiving. Anyways I encourage everyone, whether you participate in Black Friday shopping or not to get outside and have some fun with family/friends.