So first we'll deal with Black Friday. That's pretty simple. I don't participate! Several reasons really. First and foremost, I just can't handle the crowds, commercialism and greed. Now I don't mean that if you participate you are not a nice person. I just mean that the advertising, allurement and exploitation seems to me to be designed to get people to spend more than they can afford and buy so much stuff they don't really need. I'm all for a good sale -- and I clip coupons etc. but aren't the manufacturers and stores just trying to take advantage of people who can't resist a sale, while they make big bucks? Starting sales Thanksgiving evening or in the middle of the night is a bit much. Now you can tell I'm a Pastor's wife! I don't want to spoil any body's fun, but I have seen too many of those for whom Christmas means going into huge debt or is a depressing time because they either didn't get what they wanted or couldn't get something for someone else. Some people may think Pastors and their wives are insulated from the seamier side of life, but actually we probably see more of it than others because we are so often trying to help many people deal with the consequences. It's sad.
All of which leads nicely into one of our favorite Thanksgiving traditions. For about the past ten years we have taken our main vacation at Thanksgiving. For one thing it solves the problem of which side of the family our sons will celebrate with. We'll be away. It also means for me, that it shortens the frantic lead up to Christmas. Oh, I'm such a Grinch!
So we spent Black Friday at our favorite vacation spot on Kauai, in the pool and the jacuzzi -- and if that seems extravagant after my rant above, remember Hawaii is only six hours away from us.