Don’t you think it’s time to stop the insanity? I’m referring to the insanity of stuff. Stuff, stuff, stuff and more stuff! In the quest of stuff the Thanksgiving holiday has all but gotten lost. Kmart, I think should get the winning award for least family oriented Thanksgiving, as they open their doors for the Black Friday frenzy at 6:00am on Thanksgiving Day. Old Navy gets 2nd prize as they open at 9:00am. Many stores will kick off Black Friday at 6:00pm Thanksgiving day. Walmart a company supposedly founded on Christian principles gets the grand prize. They will be open normal hours (all day) on Thanksgiving with their Black Friday specials beginning at 6:00pm that evening.
The sad thing, for me, is many just don’t seem to care. While we sit around and enjoy our time with family and eat a scrumptious meal… employees are working and waiting in stores; all so we can buy, buy, buy after we have satisfactorily stuffed ourselves.
We’ve lost sight of what’s important. I know, many are buying for families; shopping to buy their children and loved ones the best gift at the cheapest price. May I take a moment here to say, “The best gift you can give your children and those you love is time with you”? The gifts we hurry to purchase and place under the tree will eventually grow old, they’ll wear out or break. The item we sacrificed our family-time for will cease to exist, often finding its way to the trash bin. Memories, however, those we make together will last a life-time. If we will take a stand and say no, we’re not going to cave in to marketing hype; we are not putting stuff before our family. We can make a difference. We can change the trend and recapture the heart and spirit of Thanksgiving.
The stores don’t care what you buy. They just want you to buy. No money, no problem! They are glad to extend credit, or allow you to use your credit cards; those plastic cards with interest that accrue faster than rabbits make bunnies. It does not matter to them if we cannot pay our bills. It does not matter to them if we lose our homes because we are in debt up to our eyeballs. It does not matter if our families get lost in the shuffle; as long as we buy, buy, buy. No matter how much their ads say they are doing this for us… they aren’t. Bottom line of truth, it’s about money; yours in their pockets.
While writing this article, a friend sent me a clip from the Huffington Post, written by Matt Walsh. Here is an excerpt from that post. “….That’s our entire economic system: buy things. Everybody buy. It doesn’t matter what you buy. Just buy. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have money. Just buy. Our entire civilization now rests on the assumption that, no matter what else happens; we will all continue to buy lots and lots of things. Buy, buy, buy, buy, buy. And then buy a little more. Don’t create, or produce, or discover — just buy. Never save, never invest, never cut back — just buy. Buy what you don’t need with money you don’t have. Buy when you’re happy. Buy when you’re sad. Buy when you’re hungry. Buy when you want to lose weight. Buy an iPhone. Six months have passed, here, buy another iPhone. Go online and buy things. Go to the mall and buy things. On your way, stop and buy some more things. Buy things for every occasion. Buy things to celebrate. Buy things to mourn. Buy things to keep up with the trends. Buy things while you’re buying things, and then buy a couple more things after you’re done buying things. If you want it — buy it. If you don’t want it — buy it. Don’t make it — buy it. Don’t grow it — buy it. Don’t cultivate it — buy it. We need you to buy. We don’t need you to be a human, we don’t need you to be a citizen, we don’t need you to be a capitalist, we just need you to be a consumer, a buyer. If you are alive you must buy. Buy like you breathe, only more frequently.” Read his article in its entirety here – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matt-walsh/shopping-on-thanksgiving_b_4310109.html
I have fond memories of cooking Thanksgiving dinner, playing games and baking cookies on Thanksgiving Day, with my son. The meal of course was a family favorite. Yelling during football games at blind referees … well, that goes without saying. Thanksgiving was about spending time together. It was about remembering to give thanks for all our blessings.
If we don’t stop giving into the desire for more stuff; if we don’t stop caving into the buying frenzy of commercialism – we will eventually lose. Not only will we lose, our children, grandchildren and future generations will lose. It’s time to stop the insanity.
The Black-Friday morph to take over Thanksgiving won’t end unless we say No! Please join me in saying, “Yes” to family.
Our Thanksgiving will be about spending time with family and friends; making memories which will never wear out, never die and will be as fresh as the day we made them for years to come. May your Thanksgiving be as blessed!
(The blessing box is a great way to celebrate throughout the year and end with a great culmination of blessings on Thanksgiving Day. Tuesday’s blog will reveal instructions on how to create a Blessing Box)
Happy Thanksgiving my friends,