We are ignoring Black Friday here.
I sort of hate the holidays. People get so weird, and I struggle to walk a sane line between my kids’ wants and my personal values. I don’t want them to feel deprived, but I also want them to be able to look realistically at the world, and at their desires. Tricky business, and never more so than the last month of the year.
I think we do all right. I think they understand that there are many things of value that don’t come from a store. What they’ll do with the things we’ve tried to teach them is already out of my hands, even though they’ll depend on me for a few more years.
And even if I don’t entirely succeed in living by my values all the time, I know I’m glad I passed the morning spending time with my partner and taking pictures instead of fighting crowds at a store. That’s the best reason I can think of for Buy Nothing Day.