People just aching to spend money will certainly get sucked into a new trend called “black Friday creep,” the latest manifestation of which is being foisted on us by Sears:
Sears has dubbed Friday, October 29, as “Black Friday Now,” offering discounted merchandise and door buster sales supposedly on par with the more traditional day-after-Thanksgiving Black Friday. Target, which was ahead of the pack with its “Black Friday” sales way back in July, is also pushing winter holiday promotions even though it’s still autumn, as are retailers such as Amazon, J.C. Penney, Toys R Us, and Walmart.
I’ve never shopped on Black Friday, but as a public service to those who may be fighting the addiction, I offer the following list of Ten Bright Alternatives to Black Friday Shopping:
2. Find the autumn bounty: Visit a pumpkin patch or a farmers market. It’s colorful and you’ll learn a lot about the variety of produce available locally.
4. Plan a party: Call five friends and pull together an impromptu fall party, with everyone bringing a dish related to the season. Eat and talk with friends on the deck instead of fighting the crowds at the bargain basement.
5. Play Frisbee in the park: Or play croquet or touch football, or anything you enjoy. The point is to have some fun outside with friends and family.
6. Watch a home movie: We put up a sheet on the back of the house and use a projector to show a Red Box or Netflix movie outside. Set up chairs, pop some popcorn. It’s a blast. The weather is still nice enough to do this; and its getting dark earlier enough that it doesn’t have to be a late night.
7. Visit the museum: It’s likely there is a nearby museum, large or small, that you’ve never visited. There won’t be a crowd, because many people are waiting in check-out lines at the local Wal-Mart.
8. Reconnect with God: If you’ve got some extra time on your hands, spend some time in Scripture and in prayer, rather than racing rounding convincing yourself that you “saved” a lot on the purchase of something you didn’t really need.
9. Volunteer: They could use a hand at a nearby shelter, school, or nursing home. You’ll come away greatly enriched.
10. Lie down outside and watch the clouds (or stars). (This might easily turn into a nap, which won’t be all bad).