The Christmas catalogs started arriving in early October. I am always a bit perplexed as to why some of these glossies are sent to me. Like the Double L Bean catalog. I think I ordered something from them once while we were living in Germany. That was over 11 years ago. I haven’t needed their cold weather offerings since then. I feel as if they are wasting their time and paper on me. But that catalog has plenty of friends. Some of the friends I have never even heard of. Yet they somehow show up in my mail box. I keep tossing them into a perfect holiday pile. I just know that these large stacks of potentially unnecessary seasonal goodness are soon going to slide all over the floor at any given moment.
Living in Europe was so good for me. It really stripped me down. The majority of Europeans are not wasteful. Things are fairly expensive in Europe so you buy only what you need and not what you want. The other trait I absorbed is that Sundays and holidays are spent at home with friends and family members. At the most you might enjoy a stroll around the neighborhood or countryside.
That’s hard to do in the land of 24 hour superstores. But I have tried to continue this tradition while living in America.
So when this button began to float around on Facebook I posted it on my timeline. The last part is my favorite.
Now longtime readers know that I really love Thanksgiving. While I try to be thankful every day of my life, there is something so great about participating in day filled with a history of thankfulness. I can still remember a time when people and stores actually decorated for Thanksgiving and the Christmas décor did not go up until the day after Thanksgiving. For me, that particular tradition has never fallen by the wayside.
To be honest I have trouble transitioning from being thankful one day and then mere hours later fighting over a toy or even worse, watching people being trampled to death. I just have no desire to be a part of the second portion of the program.
Those who want to argue will say “But there are amazing deals to be had!” Yes, there are. But I want to tell you a secret. I worked in retail from age 17 to oh, 23 I think. I worked for three separate companies that are all still in business. I endured six years of amazing deals and black Fridays. Do you want to know what I took away from that experience? I remember in early November changing every single price tag in my department. A blouse that was $20 dollars in October became $30 in November. Then signs were placed above the racks proclaiming a 25% discount. I’m not a wiz at math, but I know that the blouse was a better deal back in October.
Retailers know all the tricks on how to feed the greed.
I refuse to fall for them.
Tomorrow I will be talking about Christmas, which is sort of hypocritical, given what I have just written. I have to share something that is hard to talk about but at the same time I am excited to see just how our family will grow from this new, albeit scary, experience.
“A greedy man stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the Lord will be enriched.” ~ Proverbs 28:25