My newspaper yesterday was stuffed with ads from business intent on luring people to spend money they hadn’t planned on just because it was a Super deal.
I get that people are going to spend money at Christmas, buying gifts, entertaining friends, acquaintances, family, and others. But why start early? Lots of opportunity to spend money, incredible sale price, too good to be true are just slogans and mean nothing.
Personally and also I believe to my friends and family; Christmas is more than gifts, not to say I don’t enjoy a thoughtful gift but that is not what the season means to me, and the holiday is not just an opportunity to give or to get, but to connect.
Did you get that word? it is connect, share, bond, cherish.
Just imagine what would happen if you only gave gifts to those family and friends that you know stand head and shoulders above the rest. Ask yourself a few questions to find out what kind of family or friends you have;
- Do they phone for no reason, just because they are thinking of you and haven’t talked to you in awhile?
- If you were in the hospital, would they visit and sneak in real food?
- If you were moving, would they help you pack? Would they be there on moving day hours before the moving van?
- Do they say a little prayer for you every day?
- Do they remember your birthday without being invited over for cake?
Friendship quote I like –
A stranger stabs you in the front; a friend stabs you in the back; a boyfriend stabs you in the heart, but best friends only poke each other with straws.
I have good friends, and wonderful family and some of each. I bet you do too. Black Friday is just about helping stores move into the ‘black”, not about giving you a deal. My thought anyway. Too much consumerism already; let’s just have everyone over, and play monopoly.
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