I just heard that Kohl’s will be opening at 8pm on Thanksgiving…..because family no longer matters……it’s all about the bottom line. I was all about the fun and chaos of shopping at 5am….it was tradition and it was fun and helped put me in the spirit.
Last year was the first year I made my little stand and didn’t participate. I made the same purchases that I would have made but in my pajamas at the computer at home. Nobody had to leave their family for me to get a deal. It’s just not fair.
Working at Pier 1 has messed with my holiday clock anyway….I was in a mad panic to get my Thanksgiving cards done….when I thought about when I needed to get them in the mail….I realized that it was still October. I felt behind and now I am super early….it’s all very confusing.
To really put it in perspective…….it’s not even Halloween yet!!!!
In a consumer driven society everything is in our faces so early….and then we wonder why the days seem to fly by.
If everybody took the time to make just one gift instead of buying it…it would make a difference.
If we all practiced buying with intention…..it would make a difference.
If we all took the time to put the thought into a present…it would make a difference.
If we all shopped locally and from a small business owner it would make a difference.
How many other ways am I forgetting?
When the kids and I made the list of 12 last year it made a huge difference in the way I shopped……it was a vast improvement.
I have already gone to my list of 12 this year and the kids are still game. The only thing that I have for them so far is their ornaments….which fall under the tradition category. It was so nice last year to not buy crap because it was a good deal…even if they didn’t need or want it. I was soooo guilty of that, but I am better now.
I am blogging about Christmas in October…..but I am trying to find the line between being prepared and enjoying the holidays….and fighting the crazy buy buy buy things that nobody needs or wants.
So if I look at it like that…….
Having all of the ladies in the family participate in a family cookie recipe collaboration…..check
Canning my butt off to make food gifts……check
Clothes for my nephews…..that they toss aside to get to the toy….check
I wouldn’t say that I am ahead but I have a good start.
Is anybody else obsessing…..or is it just me…..Zia