Black Friday Un-Pep Talk


I hope you had a great thanksgiving, and that your long weekend is chok full of great plans and good food. I think this weekend is my favorite of the whole year. So much good food and family and friends. Plus, it’s my daughter’s birthday too. And hopefully in between bites, we actually take the time to reflect on the things we are thankful for.

You’re going to laugh. You know how smug I was? All finished cleaning and shopping for the big meal… Imagine finding out on Tuesday night that you have lice! All the cleaning I did now meant nothing. I had to do a thorough top to bottom lice clean, and fast!

Now my house is really, really, really clean.

But I pulled through and even managed to get the pumpkin pie baked. Someone usually brings that, but not this year…

All of the other food was awesome, and I wonder why we only do this once a year. It’s really not hard. We skipped the mashed potatoes, and the rolls were hardly touched. We don’t do mayo laden salads or appetizers, so it’s not terribly horrible for your waistline here. The turkey kind of melted in your mouth. No one could stop. I never have much turkey left. Oh well, we have another dinner on Saturday at my sister’s.

How about your dinner? How did it turn out?

Are you going to do the Black Friday thing?

I personally think it’s crazy to shop on Black Friday – but a lot of people really get into it. Do the stores really need to open at midnight? Isn’t that insane? Can they find any more ways to degrade family time? Now you have people that have to get home early enough to take a nap before htey have to go to work. The almighty dollar rules everyone’s lives it seems.

But what’s really stupid is that they don’t make enough money to cover the expense of being open those extra hours. It makes no sense. More stores are following suit because “everyone is doing it”. What? Everyone is losing money being open those extra hours, so you should too?

Did your mother every ask you – if your friend jumped off the Brookly bridge, would you jump too? Kind of the same thing, isn’t it?

My god, how can we ever get our values back? Can we?

I know a lot of people are feeling really bad because they can’t buy the kind of presents that they would like to. But does all this ‘stuff’ have any meaning? Has it gotten to where we can only express love through buying things?

My friend was asking me the other day what I wanted for Christmas. I said, “Why don’t we just exchange ornaments? You know, find a special ornament.” There was such a sense of relief in her voice – and she got excited. She said, “I know just where to go!”

The point it – it doesn’t always have to cost a lot of money. Usually the things that mean the most actually cost the least. Think about that before you head off to spend a lot of money you don’t have.

When it comes to priorities, and what really matters – Well, I wanted to share this video with you. It’s been circulating the web, so maybe you’ve seen it, but it’s really moving.



Besides another dinner on Saturday, we’re have a tree party on Sunday. Tradition you know. So I’m apologizing ahead of time. You won’t hear much from me.

Enjoy your weekend, doing things that matter!


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2 thoughts on “Black Friday Un-Pep Talk

  1. Carol Slinker

    I will have to differ with you on the ritual of Black Friday. It is FUN! For me and my friends, this is our favorite adventure of the year. This is why: (1) everyone knows we are going, so no trying to get us to change our time together (i.e. It happens every year, deal with it.) (2) We get to really catch up with each other, with just us, no kids, no husbands, etc.; and (3) We plan our trip to get the really great bargains, so there is the practical aspect of it all.
    In response to your remark about the store’s “degrading family time”, besides the fact that my family is in bed at that time of the morning, on the Friday after Thanksgiving, we are all pretty much sick of family. After spending 12+ hours cooking and putting up with all the relatives, it is a relief to just “get out of the house”. (I know your Thanksgiving is quiet, but most homes have lots more people and kids around for the holidays).
    You are usually right on target, Carole, but I think this time you missed the mark. I appreciate the stores making shopping fun, and giving us great prices, to boot. Besides, look at all the retail sales people that get to make some extra money! (Didn’t you used to work retail?) I say it’s a “win-win” situation.
    Keep up the good work, but put a little more thought into Black Friday. It’s a tradition, and it gets more fun every year.


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