Are You Ready? – Black Friday Deals ALL Week!!, Give like Santa, Start NOW Black Friday deals, Holiday Must Haves, What’s Best About Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Pre-Cyber Monday, Give Lavishly, Pre-Black Friday Deals, and the list goes on. This is just a sampling of what I have been deleting from my inboxes. I even get notices from companies I have never even heard of!!
The one time I ventured out on a Black Friday event was the last time, and this was quite a few years ago. Since then, I have noticed that when I shop throughout the year, I am able to find those same deals prior to the big shopping day event.
I definitely wait for items that are known to go on sale throughout the year, whether for gift giving or personal use. However, the gifts I purchase will be put aside to uncover closer to the holidays. What I enjoy most about giving gifts, is not how inexpensive I was able to acquire a gift, or the person I had to run down in order to get there first, but rather my thoughts invested in the gift selected.
Personally, I much rather make gifts for my family. I just completed a beautiful gift for one of my daughters, that I myself would enjoy. But what makes it special, is that I used fabrics that I know she personally will appreciate.
What I find most disheartening, is not so much the crowds in shopping, but rather the 4 hour sales gimmicks creating a mob affect within the stores along with the overlapping of store sale hours causing shoppers to drive carelessly from one store to the next, to return to each store at the new sales hour to acquire the next deal. It now seems as though Black Friday has become a “season of days” leading up to Thanksgiving and on past into the next week.
I was okay with the Black Friday frenzy for those that enjoyed it which was held the day after Thanksgiving with extended hours. I am saddened to see that a day of giving thanks has turned into an ordinary day off to plan how, when and where one is going to spend their resources.
For me, I will still spend time with my family. My Christmas gift shopping is basically done. Even with the tiny budget that we are working with this year, my husband and I are taking advantage of our free time in creating memories through the use of our hands and the love we have for those we give gifts to.
I realize that not everyone is gifted with the ability to make beautiful homemade items, but we all have the ability to take time throughout the year, to notice what puts a spark in the eye of those they love.
My hope is that more are able to take time to reflect on what they are thankful for. For some, it is being thankful that there is food on the table and a roof over their head. Others, might be thankful for their new job or a new/used reliable vehicle. In some cases, there will be family missing from the table, allowing others to be thankful for the fond memories.
I have much to be thankful for. May you be blessed with family, friends and fond memories this Thanksgiving.
Laura D. Field
Reflective Tapestry of Life
Writer, Blogger, Proofreading, Editing, Freelance contributor