We had a very nice time yesterday with aunts, cousins, brother, niece and nephews.
Mom and Dad hosted; I cooked. We ate and ate and talked and laughed and had a great time.
So much for which to be thankful. I loved watching the way people shifted around the room - here my husband and cousin (they last year for the first time, but really enjoy talking to each other), here my aunt, mom and dad; over there my aunt brother and niece.
I think we appreciate these times because they are so few and far between. And because it is so nice to get together when it is not someone's funeral.
Today is the much hyped Black Friday and if you have read this blog for any length of time, you'll know that I'm not participating.
Even though I am a Scrooge when it comes to Black Friday itself, I am not immune to commercialism's allure.
The other day a Toys R us catalog was included in the Sunday paper. It included a picture of a plush Noah's ark. Only $59.99!!! Even though we already celebrated Christmas and gave the grands their gifts, I immediately thought that I should buy this for the kids. (It is cute!).
A few pages later, there was a picture of a floor keyboard (not the one pictured below - this one was smaller and just an octave, I think). And it was only $59.99!!!! And again, before I could stop and think clearly - I thought about buying this to use with my piano students and the grands when they visit.
See how clever marketing is? And see how weak-willed I (we) can be? If we see it, we want it.
Out of sight, out of mind.
That is why I'm staying out of the stores today. And tossing any catalogs that arrive in the mail into our recycling bin.
And that is how I saved (at least) $119.98 last week.
Hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving yesterday. What an interesting contrast between yesterday's contentment and gratitude and today's call to BUY! BUY! BUY! YOU NEED MORE!