When I think about Thanksgiving approaching this week, my thankfulness for a few days off work is almost tangible. I am so excited for a few days out of the city, relaxing with family, in a warm home filled with our good friends.
In contrast, when I think about Black Friday approaching this week, I feel a little sick. The juxtaposition of a day of appreciation with a day of violent consumerism is sickening.
I know that plenty of people have taken notice. I’ve seen plenty of Black Friday boycotting popping up in my news feed and on blogs. I am not the only one.
But I am going to start with me.
I choose not to participate in the consumerism of Black Friday. I will not nullify the previous day’s thankfulness with lust for more.
But it is not just Black Friday; I am making a choice not to participate in consumerism period. In contrast, I want to simplify.
I don’t mean living without electronics or other modernity.
I mean viewing everything I own as what is truly is. A thing. A gift I was given. Something that can just as easily be given away.
Maybe when I am able to give more and clutch on to less, I can be truly thankful for Him who gave all to me in the first place.
This is a process, and one I am just beginning.
But I am beginning by choosing not to participate this Black Friday.