Thanksgiving has become just a little more complicated in recent years. It’s not as clear to me anymore if I’m supposed to peel potatoes on Thursday morning, or go shopping for bargains. Now that several stores are open for me on Thanksgiving Day, I’ve got some choices to make...do we still observe the holiday, or just go shopping, or maybe do both? Black Friday has created its own weather system over the years, and let’s face it, Thanksgiving has become Black Friday Eve.
It’s a strange pairing of events. Thanksgiving centers around an elegant idea: we offer thanks to God and each other for all that we have--seeing the abundance of the truly necessary things in our lives. Black Friday puts us in touch with our insatiability as consumers, showing us what we don’t have but should want. And it’s on sale, but hurry.
I guess I’m worried about which event seems to be overshadowing the other.
|T-Bone, Nat, and G|
Mrs. C and I have three amazing young people in our family who happen to fit the demographic that is most constantly bombarded by consumerism. Our job as parents is to help them to be wise about how to respond to the swirling messages that come at them on this long weekend. Maybe we’ll all figure out a way to use this time well, and to learn to be satisfied even if we don’t have the latest, greatest stuff. To be fully present in our interactions with friends and family, enjoying the gifts of relationships. Sure, we can also go out and have fun shopping too, but let's not take it too seriously. Besides, kids, you don't have any money. :)
If we do this right, there’s a chance that when the weekend is behind us, we’ll have accumulated a whole lot of great memories. They tend to last longer than the gadgets anyway.