I am appalled and disgusted at the behavior of my fellow citizens (I hesitate to use the word humans - connotes a higher being than what I saw on the news reports) bashing each other and grabbing at things on THANKSGIVING NIGHT and Black Friday. What the heck is wrong with people that they buy into all this commercialization garbage?
I am saddened to see people acting as they were on TV. There is something so inherently wrong with adults willing to demean themselves and fight like 3 year olds over the chance to buy some item. Every year I find it harder and harder to go shopping between Thanksgiving and Christmas because the vast majority of the people in stores are pushy and grabby and downright RUDE. My Christmas spirit gets more severely diminished the more
I am surrounded by greedy, grabby, crass and unmannerly dolts. I turn into a variation of the Grinch just watching New Reports of Black Friday.
I frequently make donations to charities as the gifts, except for the children. People actually appreciate that you donate and they can see the good the donation contributes to. If I see something I know a certain person would absolutely enjoy, I'll probably get it for them, but not just because I feel I MUST BUY things. Most of us and all my close friends and family have more than we need already. If I have the choice between spending on something just to have a gift and donating to a charity in a person's name, I'll make the donation. Am I alone in this thought process or are there others out there who feel similarly?
ADDENDUM: Various things I use as alternatives to gifts:
Buy a pair of goats (on-line) for people in Africa
Donate to the local Rescue Mission that feeds and provides shelters for the homeless
Donate to the Salvation Army, which does a lot of good and doesn't pay their
staff ridiculous amounts
Donate to St. Walburga's Convent in Colorado, because the nuns do so many
wonderful things with virtually nothing. (They were the inspiration for
the movie LILIES OF THE FIELD with Sidney Poitier)
Donate to Father Woody's Haven of Hope, which provides homeless men a
place to shower, get a shave and a haircut and do laundry at no cost to them.
Volunteer on Christmas or Thanksgiving to serve meals to the homeless. If
anything will teach you be grateful for what you have, that definitely will do it.
There's an on-line Wildlife Fund you can "adopt" animals through. I have done
that and they send a certificate of adoption and small stuffed versions of the
wild animals you donate to help - wolves, whales, lynx, tigers, elephants, frogs,
These are just a few of my favorite things . . . .