I saw on the news this morning that some retailers, desperate for the Christmas buying season that our economy has so pathetically become dependent on, have dubbed tomorrow “Black Friday”. Traditionally the Friday right after Thanksgiving, they’ve decided to completely marginalize both Halloween and Thanksgiving.
Maybe it’s because I grew up in a family that didn’t celebrate Christmas and because of that the holiday has no emotional resonance for me, but it really bugs me that in search of the almighty dollar we are overshadowing one holiday that allows adults to revert to their childhoods and another that is a great gathering for family (and don’t forget the food).
For a while there I would boycott stores that advertised Christmas specials before Thanksgiving, but had to give that up when I was left with nowhere to buy my groceries. Short of growing my own food, I’m just going to have to plug along, grumbling to myself and occasionally venting here.
Only 422 days of shopping until Christmas 2011, get your deals now!