Friday, November 26, 2010

stuffed and stuff

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!).
But I soon came to my senses and realized that if I had not seen that catalog, it never would have occurred to me to buy a plush Noah's Ark (but it sure is cute, isn't it?).

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!


Nanato4 said...

Part of our Thanksgiving tradition is to look at the Black Friday flyers. This year, we're all making a conscious effort to have a less is more Christmas. So, as looking through the flyers, there were a couple of times when someone said "get these away from me ... all they do is make me want to buy stuff!"

Anonymous said...

We did not give in to going shopping today either, although a great deal of time was spent with all the relatives going through the stack of advertisements we had in a pile in the house. I think everyone just slept in as it was supposed to be five degrees this morning. We had a great day yesterday too. Lots of cranium, scrabble, football, and a 500 piece puzzle completed by the college girls. (A niece, Lisa, Abby) Linda

Cheri said...

They are very good at their job, aren't they Nanato4! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving with your family.

Linda,Sounds like a fun coupla days. Hope your head is okay! Say hi to everyone for me~