I’ve never liked the name Black Friday. It sounds ominous, like a day the stock market crashed. In fact, when I think of Black Friday, I think of Good Friday, ironically, since at the time it didn’t seem very good to those involved.
In recent years we’ve added Small Business Saturday following Black Friday. I like that idea, because it encourages people to buy from their friends and neighbors who own local businesses. I didn’t shop on Small Business Saturday this year, but I plan to make some purchases in town before Christmas.
We just passed Cyber Monday, which is a time when people get especially good deals online. I didn’t buy anything, mostly because the things that were on sale weren’t things I wanted, and I haven’t gotten around to thinking about what to get for other people at this point in the season.
There is also Giving Tuesday, when people are encouraged to support the non-profits they find worthwhile. That’s a good idea.
That leaves Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday surrounding Thanksgiving as unnamed days. Not surprisingly, I have some suggestions.
Barter Tuesday: People are encouraged to take stuff they have, but don’t want, and trade it for things they want, but don’t have. I envision a flea market atmosphere at every county fairground with cars, bikes furniture, jigsaw puzzles and anything you can imagine trading hands.
Ironic Thursday: This would take place on Thanksgiving, as people run out to buy more things to be thankful for, after having just said how thankful they are for everything they already have.
Shoplifting Sunday: This would be a fun shopping day. People would be encouraged to try to take things out of stores without paying, and stores would have triple security. It would be like a reality show in real life. Paddy wagons would be parked at all major retailers waiting to escort the losing contestants to a free night of lodging, if you know what I mean.
I have other ideas, like putting our presents in briefcases and distributing them in a “Deal or No Deal” manner. You can settle for the Barbie, or hold out for the 70” television, knowing you might end up with a neck tie.
I hope, no matter how you go about it that you give and receive warmth and love along with whatever other gifts there might be during this giving season.