In just one week, it will once again be Black Friday where American’s mob retail stores in a riot-type fashion in order to save money on cheap goods produced by slave labor. Several stores are now opening on Thanksgiving to accommodate the crowds.
While shopping and consumerism are part of American culture, I think we’ve come to a point of great unbalance. Consumerism has superseded many people’s desires or even right to spend Thanksgiving with their families. With today’s economy being so harsh, many individuals have taken jobs wherever they can find them and those that have jobs will likely do whatever they can do keep them – even if it means working during holidays.
We seem to be a nation that works & strives for consumer products and not a nation that works & strives for quality time with our families. Is it really worth more camping outside a store for two weeks to get a deal on TV than it is spending two weeks with your parents, siblings or friends?
When we reflect about the “good times” we tend to think about the people we were with. Do you know anyone who reflects up on the “good times” and mentions the deals on consumer products they got?
The Christmas & Holiday season is supposed to remind us to appreciate those in our lives whom we hold dearest to our hearts. Gifts and products are great but, they cannot compare to our families, siblings & friends.
I think holiday hyper-consumerism has had a substantially negative impact on the American family. However, while you may be too late to get a great deal on a TV or too late to use that coupon, it’s never too late for anyone to call someone and tell them how much they mean to you.
There isn’t a consumer product in the world that can make a person feel as good as another person reminding them how much they are loved & appreciated.