There is a popular Thanksgiving meme that I have seen widely shared at about this time last year and this one. It says:
Because only in America do we wait in line and trample others for sale items one day after giving thanks for what we already have.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. We will spend the day celebrating with our loved ones, giving thanks for all of our many blessings.
Why go from that to the insanity of Black Friday shopping? There is still a month before Christmas! There is nothing you need so badly that you need to make yourself crazy battling crowds in a shopping mall.
Why not let the celebration of that day spill over to the next day and abandon Black Friday in exchnage for Fun Friday?
Friday for us will be Christmas cookie baking day with Elena, her boyfriend and her boyfriend’s family. We will spend the day baking many dozens of many types of cookies. In between the cookie baking there will doubtless be stories about origins of recipes or special moments from prior cookie baking days. We will nibble on leftovers from the Thanskgiving feast (because, after all, how much real food can one eat when you are sampling cookies all day?), and perhaps play a few games. Not a one of us will step foot in a store, unless we discover we are out of butter or sugar or flour.
So whether you are celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow with family or with friends, let the celebration continue the next day. Why “wait in line and trample others for sales items one day after giving thanks for what we already have”?