I refuse to participate in the commercialism this year and quite possibly never again. My sneak peak of Targets Black Friday ad was in my inbox and did you know that they are opening at 9pm on Thanksgiving? I thought midnight was bad last year, old navy is always open on Thanksgiving and so is kmart. It is not fair to those who have to work retail and as long as everybody keeps showing up it’s not going to change. I have done it in the past and in the end it really isn’t worth it. Should I have to venture out at all that day, I’ll go out at 9am or so and I bet I won’t have to wait in any line.
I had already set my limit of twelve with my kids, and some things have been purchased and in my closet for awhile. The clothes part of my nephews presents I picked up in the summer. Ohio State kids jerseys normally 40 or maybe 42 I can’t remember, but I only paid $8.50 per jersey, that I remember. So I have my kids and my nephews, and the components for whatever I decide to do for the family history project and that’s it. I am not buying any new wrapping paper,I will use everything I have and when that is gone I will have to get creative.
I have canned enough to come up with a few ideas there, maybe a breakfast basket, a salsa basket, and a beauty basket. Not that I will be using baskets unless I have any, I can take home boxes from work and cover them with paper, shred up some junk mail and voila, free. My bff is done I took care of her at a primitive stores Christmas open house, two Saturdays ago where I saw my first Santa….it’s just not right.Sorry he’s a little fuzzy, my dumb phone doesn’t always take the best pictures. Dumb phone is the opposite of smart phone, you know basic phone with no extras.
I keep telling the kids that they are lucky that they get more than fruit and candy in their stockings. My history may be a little rusty but I don’t remember the pioneers charging a ton of stuff for Christmas and working for months to pay it off. Shoes or fabric maybe, but Christmas presents I don’t think so.
It doesn’t matter what religion you are, I am pretty sure that none of the traditions started with “how much money can we make?” not even the Catholics and that says a lot. It’s not about what you get it’s about what you give. It’s about believing in the magic of the season and Christmas miracles. It’s about family and celebrating those that you love. It is not about x boxes or i pads, or flat screens, etc and only we as consumers can change this Christmas season starting in October. The craft stores who supply people who make a living at craft shows are the only places that are acceptable to have Christmas products in their stores early.
It’s November the only thing we should be worried about is turkey,turkey, and did I mention turkey?!!!!!