Opting Out of the Holiday Madness

Observing the Black Friday shopping riots in the US has compelled me to simply “opt out” and embrace simplicity this year.  So the new “challenge” for the next few weeks will be making our gifts.  We are not participating.  We will not attend any “doorbuster” sales, any “Midnight Madness” events, or anything else with an offensive title that makes me think of these unruly hordes of people.

  • Why would someone camp out all night to save $50 on a big television?
  • Why would someone threaten to stab someone else over entering Target first?
  • Why would a person trample another person just to get in the door of WalMart first?
(Source: SHTFplan)

I’m embarrassed for these people who recorded for their idiocy to be spread all over the web.  No one is cheaper than me but I’d never behave like this for a sale. I would happily pay a higher price in order to avoid this type of idiocy.

The thing that strikes me the most is this:  These people are not meeting “needs” – they’re acquiring “wants”.  This leads me to believe that peace-loving simple folks are in big trouble when/if the day comes that the needs are not met.  What if they were hungry and the thing behind those doors at Walmart was food?  We ain’t seen nothing yet.

This season, focus with me on creating, not acquiring. On loving your neighbor and your family. On making memories, not on making a bigger pile under the tree.

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One Comment  to  Opting Out of the Holiday Madness

  1. Anonymous says:

    “This season, focus with me on creating, not acquiring. On loving your neighbor and your family. On making memories, not on making a bigger pile under the tree.”

    Husband and I have an ever burgeoning flock of children, in-law children and grandchildren. Even at $25 per person, including our still living parents, the cost was prohibitive.

    To date, for the G-kids, I have knitted seven animal shaped scarves, and am currently on the fifth of seven matching hats. G-kid #8 will get a hat as well plus a small hand made toy. Husband is making things as well. The adult children are looking forward to their joint gift (they already know what it is) that will save us at least 50% of the cost.

    Black Friday? We keep our budget in the black by creating and making instead of spending.

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