Today is Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving. For me it means cleaning the house in anticipation of guests, writing and then shopping from a very detailed grocery list, prepping anything that can be done ahead of time, (cranberry sauce, pie crusts, trimmed vegetables) and looking forward to my favorite holiday tradition, which is pie-for-breakfast Friday.
You may notice that gift shopping, planning shopping and thinking about shopping is nowhere to be seen on my itinerary. I will not be shopping on Black Friday, and it’s not really a bold statement or a grand pronouncement, it’s simply the logical choice.
I want you to take a moment and try and remember what gifts you bought last year. How about two years ago? Now try and remember what gifts you received last year, now go back two years. Drawing a blank? Exactly.
Buying gifts does not matter all that much.
This year I plan on turning some of my older son’s artwork into T-shirts, and I will be painting and decorating a bedside table/stool for my younger son. I’ll also give each of them a $10 gift certificate to our local art supply store, thanks to Small Business Saturday, and then I’ll probably come across some quirky items in thrift shops to fill things in. My husband and I do not exchange Christmas gifts, as is the case with the of majority of the adults in our families and social circles.
I feel good about this plan, and think we can be generous without going to any big box stores, malls or the like. We’ll invite people to our home to share meals and company, find snow on Mt. Hood to play in and look around at a house that’s already overfilled with stuff.
Today is Wednesday, and I feel clear that endless shopping makes no one happier and everyone a little bit more broke.
It’s called Clear Wednesday. Pass it along.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”