You know, I'm pretty sure the whole reason the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock and feasted with Indian braves was to create a real holiday with significance would not be appreciated for some 400 years. Of course, I speak of Black Friday.
Yes that joyous holiday where we get up from fattening our guts to stand in long lines, crash through glass doors and stampede upon the backs of fallen shoppers all in the greater pursuit of materialism. All the while, we're willfully suckered into purchases of last year's "out of date" HDTV or computer, meanwhile only saving marginally on the fresher stock.
Thanksgiving? Well that's really not a holiday any more than just a forced gathering – penitence really for all the forthcoming bad behavior, including forcing lower-wage workers to give up their right to celebrate an American holiday.
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Alright, alright take it easy. I'm not pointing fingers at you "overeager, budget hunter, super-mom" or you "tech addict" or even you "PS-Xbox junkie." No, of course not. I would have to point the finger right back at me. But let's be honest with all the commercials and all the mentioning in the media of "Black Friday" and with sales starting as early as Thursday afternoon: Thanksgiving feels like something of an afterthought. It's kind of shameful considering the story behind that Thanksgiving feast between Pilgrims and the natives. They were feasting out of thankfulness that they survived the harsh elements of the American frontier. When was the last time you were simply thankful for indoor plumbing or central air?
So, before we all are corralled by the mass-marketing machine and turned into cash-spending robots, just think for a minute and really be thankful for what you have already have – as little or a plentiful as it may be. You might just find out that you may not really need to spend your hard-earned money on that which you thought must have.
In closing, Black Friday? Cyber Monday? By the way, these don't sound like names of joyous events on the calendar but really bad science-fiction novels.