Today is Black Friday. The biggest shopping day of the year. I am sitting on my sofa, still in my pj’s and it’s after 2PM. I did get up around 9 this morning, but I cleaned the kitchen floor, did a load of laundry, vacuumed my bedroom, and the ceiling fan in my bathroom. I have also managed to read about 4 chapters in The Circle, by Ted Dekker, the 25th Proverb and Psalms 132-135. I’ve checked out Facebook this morning too. Many of my friends have been posting about shopping and all of the great deals and crowds. I’m not jealous.
There was a time in my life, when I planned my Christmas shopping and headed out before the sun. I’ve stood in lines holding toys and electronics for hours. I fondly remember applying for my Target card, while standing behind 200 other people, holding a hopping Tigger, that I almost didn’t get. It was a dive and grab, and I was victorious. My youngest son beamed with delight on Christmas morning, and we tolerated that bouncing, chatty Tigger for many, many hours, days and weeks after. I asked him if he remembered that Tigger today. He said, “no.” I wanted to yell, “Really?!? What!?! I almost committed assault and battery for that thing! I stood in line forEVER!” Really?? He said that he does remember the Thomas the Tank bike, that we purchased at 4:30AM at Zany Brainy in 2001. I only stood in line for about 45 minutes for that one. It was the bike he learned to ride, and I have scrapbook pages of the event in memorandum. I guess I should have taken a picture or two of that dang Tigger.
Several years ago, we started a new tradition at our house. We only give the kids 3 gifts. A gold, which represents a treasure they have wanted. A frankincense, which is something for their mind, and a myrrh, which is something for their body. We still hang the stockings, and fill them with fun things, in keeping with Christmas traditions. It has been AWESOME. Having 4 kids, I still must shop for 12 gifts, but there’s a defined point and a plan. When they tell me what they would like, it’s a short list. Also, by calling it what it is, it keeps the theme of the real meaning of the holiday in focus. I can usually get everything online too… Usually. Last year they couldn’t think of anything that they really wanted, so we adopted a few families in our community and put all of our resources there. We still surprised them with a treasure on Christmas morning, but it was more memorable to shop together, and deliver the gifts to those families than lots of gifts under the tree.
So, what did you do today? Are you finished your shopping already? I still have to get the 12… I wonder if it’s too late to go find a good deal?