Yes, I do.
I usually go to a Macy’s or Nordstrom so I can buy some nice sweaters/ robes/ etc for the parents at ridiculously low prices (for those places, anyway). I don’t camp out in front of Wal-Mart with the intention to kill everyone that gets between me and my 60 inch LED. I don’t run like mad through Best Buy looking for Blu-Ray players, although I am totally guilty of buying cheap DVDs. And to be honest, I would argue that a lot of people don’t do those things, although there are plenty that do.
Yes, our consumerist culture is bullshit. I hate that we are told that we “need” things like iPhones in order to survive. I hate that a giant television, diamond ring, or car is meant to “show how much” one cares-what we SHOULD be doing is showing people how much we care every damn day. I have a problem that the stores open earlier every year, and wonder if Christmas in July will no longer be a thing because the real Christmas decorations will be erected immediately after the Fourth.
However, I admit that Black Friday holds a significance for me in the sense that it kicks off my favorite time of year-a time filled with family, food, and friends. I love Christmas carols and decorations and smells. I KNOW that family matters most, but I’d be damned if I didn’t sit around beaming when my parents open their gifts. My father will walk around in tattered boots to buy his daughter new ones, and to give him something he would never buy for himself makes me happy, and I know it makes him happy as well.
Unfotunately, I am dirt poor this year, and I can’t afford much. Instead of tickets to a play, this year I am buying the rents and myself a portrait session-we haven’t had family photos taken in 12 years.
I will also be buying some sweaters on Black Friday.