Black Friday Thoughts

I wasn’t going to write anymore tonight. However, I have too much pent-up frustration, and I have to get it out of my system. I can’t go anywhere on the internet without being bombarded by ads, posts, emails, etc… I am just overwhelmed by it all.
I get that companies want to finish the year in the black. I also get that the economy is in the toilet and that people love a bargain. However, I just don’t like how society here, as a whole, seems to deal with this phenomenon. It starts a few days before Thanksgiving and doesn’t let up until New Year’s. People are  hustling to get from store to store, place to place, their minds on other things. Maybe not everyone is intentionally setting out to be rude, but let’s face it, they are.
I told my husband the other day that I was pretty much done going to town (as in anywhere that has shopping centers) after witnessing the beginning of Grinchmas. People cut us off while driving, failed to stop at stop signs,  and almost caused an accident because the person we were passing decided that he should own the whole road. Then there was the old lady that ran into me with her ginormous purse leaving my arm hurting the rest of the day, and just some overall slimy behavior. It made me sad. I have a hard time each year trying to get through the holidays, trying to put on a happy face and put on a good show for the kids. I can’t do that when I see nothing but negativity.
I struggle with this blatant commercialism that takes hold over the holidays. You can’t really celebrate anymore. Personally, I don’t understand why stores have to open at 8pm or midnight. I don’t understand why they feel the need to work the customers up into a state of frenzy over a bargain that those customers probably won’t get. I don’t understand how we, society as a whole, let ourselves all get caught up in it or how easy it is for us to forget the meaning of all the holidays that we are trying to celebrate in the midst of this.
I obviously will not be going out Black Friday. I don’t hold a grudge to any of you who do shop that day. I just ask that you all be careful, kind, and take a breather to remember that just the day before, you sat down with your family to celebrate family and thankfulness.
I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you for reading.



  1. KL
    November 22, 2012 at 6:17 am

    We don’t really have that phenomenon of shopping in Australia. We definitely have the rude people, the huge shopping centres and the crazy rush before Christmas though. I dislike it intensely. The last two years I’ve even decided that extended family gatherings are not good for the soul. We are taking off this Christmas with a few simple and practical presents for our immediate family and a nice camping holiday away from all the craziness. 🙂 Good luck, I hope your store does well over Christmas though!

    • bearhaven
      November 23, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      Thank you. I hope so as well! We are doing things pretty simply here as well this year. My husband may or may not be home for Christmas, so we are going to his grandma’s and spending time with her. It is nice, quiet, and simple. Plus, the kids love spending time with her.

  2. lifewithkaishon
    November 22, 2012 at 6:39 am

    I love small business Saturday. I hope you do well this year. I also hope people will surprise you this year. I hope they are kinder than you remember.

    • bearhaven
      November 23, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      I hope so too. It would be wonderful if all the businesses here where I live do well. It would be a great step forward in the town’s revitalization process I think

  3. Kelly Raudenbush
    November 22, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    I honestly like getting a small dose of the buzz of Black Friday as Christmas shopping begins and the kids get excited about their gifts for each other and start crafting things for us. I’m a small business owner too – and while I don’t expect to get many orders tomorrow, I’m hoping I will this weekend!

    • bearhaven
      November 23, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      I hope you do well this weekend. My kids are starting to talk about what they want to get each other for Christmas. I am really hoping Small Business Saturday goes well for all of us!

  4. ruth steck
    November 22, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Very nicely done.

    • bearhaven
      November 23, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      Thank you 🙂

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