Black Friday is Not the Problem

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by Carly Hill

“Ugh! Black Friday consumerism is just so disgusting. The day after we give thanks for what we have, we go buy a bunch of stuff we don’t need,” is what my dad said when my sister and I forced him into a Target at midnight on Black Friday.

My dad doesn’t give Christmas presents, but that’s because he’s married to my mom. Mom’s a gift-giving warrior. She spoils every person in her life to such a degree that I always wind up with post-Christmas guilt for having received so much. So, my dad just doesn’t get the gift giving thing because he really has nothing to do with it…except, you know, funding it. (Thanks, Dad!)

I tried to explain to him that Black Friday didn’t have to be about consumerism and that people without disposable incomes who want to give to their loved ones are simply being good stewards.

My in-laws are really good at Black Friday. They do all their shopping that day and are so generous on Christmas Day.

I don’t think Black Friday is an awful day that represents the “evil” of consumerism. It can be, but it’s all about how you do it and how you raise your kids to view it. If you shower your kids with toys and don’t teach them the joy that comes from giving to others, then yeah – you’re going to produce materialistic brats who feel entitled to everything. Kids who are raised to feel entitled grow up to be cocky adults who expect the government to take care of them.

My dad says we should just quit giving gifts. But, there’s another way to raise your kids to be generous without becoming Holiday Scrooges.

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