So my sister comes back on Thursday with her haul from Pre-Black Friday sales and then leaves the next morning at 7:00 am to go lineup for Black Friday sales… which are usually extended to the weekend, followed by cyber Monday. Throw in upcoming Christmas shopping in December, boxing day, and new years sales, and all the birthday presents/dinners in November, and my wallet will be crying into 2016.
All this arises because Americans are celebrating Thanksgiving. In Canada, we celebrate Thanksgiving in October, so we get more time to fully enjoy Christmas. We also get Black Friday deals because businesses don’t want to miss out on this opportunity, so we have the best of both worlds, in my opinion.
Whenever Thanksgiving or Christmas comes up, people always talk about how we should not be shopping and actually spend time to be thankful for what we have. So here’s a list of some of the people or things that should be on our minds when we are shopping this winter season:
- Your boss
- People who will like whatever you get them
- People who tell you specifically what they want
- The poor souls working in retail during the holidays
- Factory workers so far away from you, it’s as if they don’t even matter
- Baristas who wake up earlier than you and probably need a coffee more than you do
- McDonald’s employees who don’t judge when you come in at 1:00 am asking for chicken nuggets and fries
- Group members who do their work on time
- Free wifi locations and “man chairs” for your shopaholic companion
- The bus driver who lets you on the bus early instead of making you wait outside in the cold
We are always thankful for the same things – our family, friends, health, etc. Sometimes we need to think about the side or background characters in our lives.
Smile at strangers and you just might change a life.”
― Steve Maraboli