Remember when Black Friday was just a U.S. thing designed for those who were so rabid about their shopping they would pack their Canadian passport and undies for an overnight trip to the States?
My how times have changed.
Seems Canadian retailers were not satisfied with just good old Boxing Day and they needed yet another reason to separate you from your credit card. So now, as well as Boxing Day, we too now have Black Friday sales.
A double wammy just to make sure your pockets are completely empty by the end of the season.
As if that wasn’t enough add to the shopping mix Red Thursday, (the day before Black Friday), not to mention Cyber Monday, (which is after the weekend), for those on line geeks who were left out and too scared to enter a bricks and cement store.
Thank goodness a group of activists came up with a day I’ll be participating in, National Buy Nothing Day.
A reaction to the greedy consumption practices mentioned above.
The whole idea is to simply chill and not get caught up in the hype and engagement. But instead relax and enjoy what the holidays are all about, family.
So raise a glass to National Buy Nothing Day, a day you can enjoy while wearing your old outfit from last year.
I’m Scott Thompson.