My plan was to get up super early this morning and get to the grocery store before work. For some reason, I slept for almost 10 hours instead. I will likely go ON my way to work, I have only a few things on my list, I’m making one pie – that’s it. The pound of butter can come inside work to our department fridge. The rest can wait outside in the car.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. It is a lovely holiday. It is about abundance and gratitude and giving. That’s all great stuff.
BUT, if you listened to any of the 24 hour news channels, as I do, Thanksgiving is the day BEFORE the BIG day! Black Friday! Stores are now opening on Black Friday Eve – Thanksgiving – to get a head start. Facebook is atwitter with people complaining about Walmart, and why are the stores opening early, and the greed of the retailers. You know what I say? If we are so offended, we should stay home. They wouldn’t do this if it didn’t make them a lot of money. I wouldn’t set foot in a retail establishment on Black Friday if you paid me (well, maybe if you paid me a lot I would go, but I digress….). Stay home. Don’t participate.
I will participate in Small Business Saturday. I will go to the local downtown of a town that used to be a town and not a suburb. It is lovely. I will go to my local yarn store and purchase the yarn needed to make the remainder of the Christmas gifts. It costs a lot more than going to walmart and purchasing huge skeins of acrylic, but it is high quality wool and it is worth a few cents more.
Enough of my philosophy of retail! Have a great day-before-Thanksgiving.