We saw this quote and just had to share. It struck us that we may be losing sight on what is truly important this holiday season.
Christmas Gift Suggestions
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.
Last year, in our post-turkey bloat, we grabbed the remote and settled into something we rarely do: We vegged in front of the boob-tube.
Immediately we felt bombarded. The blaring onslaught of Black Friday ads was funny at first. We sat and mocked in our usual GypsyNester fashion.
But after an hour or so, being yelled at to BUY! BUY! BUY!, the commercials didn't seem so funny anymore.
They had become insulting and irritating.
In fact there's no waiting until Friday anymore, we were right in the midst of what seemed to be the first Black Thanksgiving. Stores are now opening up on Thursday night for their "Friday" sales!
The evening news carried a segment with "professional shoppers" bestowing tips on how to survive Black Friday. One ad had the gall to suggest that Black Friday was the day of the year we should be looking forward to most.
It seems every year we hear the horror stories of folks -- in a frenzy to buy the hottest items at the lowest price -- camping out on freezing sidewalks, coming to blows with their neighbors, and being trampled by fellow shoppers.
We doubt this year will be different. Except that now it starts right after Thanksgiving dinner.
Trust us, we will not be a part of it.
Now get off my lawn.
David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com
YOUR TURN: You've heard our rant. How do YOU feel about Black Friday? Do you brave the crowds?
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