With (almost) the entire family gathered around the table for Thanksgiving, I couldn't help but feel, as cheesy as it may sound, exactly the way you're supposed to feel at this holiday: exceptionally grateful and humbled. And then I checked my email. Spam after spam of Black Friday deals—talk about a buzz kill. So here's what I decided to do about Black Friday. Maybe you've decided the same.
Instead of hopping on the buy-buy-buy bandwagon and getting an early start to holiday shopping, I'm taking a handmade pledge this season and avoiding shopping altogether on this Black Friday. Today, I have committed to buy nothing (with the exception of dinner for my husband, who's celebrating his birthday) and am doing so in the spirit of the holidays.
Kicking off the holiday season has come to mean more to me than just purchasing stuff for people willy-nilly. Now that I adhere to a much greener lifestyle, I consciously make an effort to purchase less; and when I do make a purchase, it's so much more thoughtful than before. I'm betting many of you feel the same way (and maybe you've never fallen prey to Black Friday).
The thought of lines and crowds and potential fighting over deals should be enough to deter anyone—but just in case it's not, think of boycotting Black Friday as a green move. Instead of heading out to the doorbuster sales, enjoy some exercise, cuddle on the couch with your pet, watch a movie, put up holiday decorations, or just lounge around, taking a moment to think about what really means a lot to you this holiday season.
What do you plan to do with this day? Celebrate with shopping or plan to buy nothing?
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