With Black Friday behind us and Christmas ahead of us I have been thinking about the reason for this season. I have never participated in Black Friday shopping and probably never will. I find that Black Friday is yet another day Americans overspend and purchase things not out of necessity but out of a great sale or deal. With the US in debt up to our eyeballs and MANY Americans in the same boat, I feel that Black Friday is another commercialized day to get Americans to spend WAY.TOO.MUCH.MONEY. Thanksgiving has become so much about buying things and NOT spending time with family and being thankful for what we already have. I have never experienced Black Friday, but I have heard stories of how people act and most of the time it does not sound like people are thankful for anything! *Stepping down from soap box*
This year, for the first time ever, I have purchased handmade or made ALL the gifts for the people on my list. Most of them through Etsy, which is a great place to find handmade items. Since I am purchasing handmade gifts or making my own I am not supporting the "big box" stores and their commercialism for this holiday, which makes me feel better! I LOVE giving gifts and find GREAT joy in finding things for my friends and family.
Have you heard about the Advent Conspiracy yet? I ran across this website several weeks ago and it touched my heart. This is what Christmas is about and should be our MAIN focus--giving to others! Check out the video below.
You don't have to give money for the wells, but I encourage you to do something this holiday season to help others who are not as blessed as you. It doesn't have to be money, it could simply be your time. Isn't this the reason for the season?