Maybe it’s just me, but I’m tired of all the ads. We just got done celebrating Thanksgiving, a day for giving thanks. For showing appreciation for the many blessings in our life. For acknowledging what we already have.
And yet, my inbox is full of emails advertising specials and sales trying to tempt me to spend money. To buy more stuff. Stuff I don’t need. Stuff that gift recipients don’t really need either. Of course, I’ll be shopping and buying presents for family and friends. But not during Thanksgiving weekend. Not when I’m focused on spending time with my son and husband (when he’s not at work).
It just feels like every year Thanksgiving is getting increasingly short-changed. More and more stores are opening on Thanksgiving Day. Black Friday specials start Thursday afternoon. It’s happening because of supply and demand. People respond to it. People go to the stores. People shop and spend money.
Our family has a yearly Thanksgiving tradition. We go around the table, and we take turns sharing what we are most thankful for. This year, we did it twice — once at my parents’ house for our full Thanksgiving meal and once at our house when we were feasting on leftovers later in the day. And both times, when it was my son’s turn, he never once gave thanks for anything materialistic. He gave thanks for us, his grandparents, our food, our home, our planet.
And that’s what it’s all about.
My holiday shopping will start this week instead.