Thanksgiving is right around the corner. And Black Friday the day after that. That great day when stores around the country unfathomably lower their prices so we, the people, you can steal money back from those Barons of Box Stores. Black Friday is America at its best as every man, woman, and child is on their own to fulfill their consumeristic dreams. America, the land of opportunity. Black Friday, the day of opportunity seized.
But let’s not rush past Thanksgiving. No, it is an important holiday when we give thanks. So let us stop and give pause for one of the greatest of days (Black Friday. Let’s not get confused here).
Here is just a small list of things I will be thankful for.
The Thanksgiving meal is central to the holiday. One can hardly think of Thanksgiving without thinking of the food. This is one reason it is such a great day. Few meals are as well balanced and encourage the carb-loading and protein gorging necessary to ensure enough energy stores for the strenuous activity of Black Friday. Rolls, mashed potatoes – sweet or not, cranberry chutney, stuffing, and of course protein rich turkey. It is the meal of champions – those who will hoist their prized Ferbie above the wanting crowds of parents at Toys-R-Us.
For this meal, I give thanks.
Thanksgiving afternoon is synonymous with rest. Why? Because turkey is a natural sleep aid. It has tryptophan in it for crying out loud! It’s nature’s Ambien and it is readily available on Thanksgiving. That added rest is absolutely necessary if you are going to wait in lines all night long and still maintain your consumer frenzy well into the afternoon.
For the ability to rest, I give thanks.
Grab your notebooks folk! Want to know how you will break through the crowds and trample others on your way to the deal of year? How better to learn than by watching Reggie Bush, Adrian Peterson, or any fullback or lineman in the NFL? Football is door-busting 101. Watch and learn people, because tomorrow is game-day!
For these examples, I give thanks.
Thanksgiving provides a wonderful time to give thanks for family – and to scheme and to plan. If you are going to fulfill your consumer dreams, it is going to take teamwork. You need to surround yourself with a group of people who will work with you, not against you. Who you can trust to horde for the team, not for the individual. Planning is essential. Who is going to wait outside what stores? Who is going to get what deals? Who is going to bring the coffee and donuts to Bestbuy at butt-crack early in the morning? Who can be left behind in the melee? Family, that’s who.
For family, I give thanks.
Thanksgiving is specifically set aside as a time to reflect and give thanks. It is important to look back over the year and remember all that broke down or wore out. To reflect on what you want. To consider all your consumer needs and give thanks that there is a day in which you can meet them in financially responsible ways. Everyone needs time to remember how incomplete their life is and how that flatscreen will complete it.
For this time of reflection, I give thanks.
So don’t forget Thanksgiving. Yes, Black Friday is coming, but remember Thanskgiving. I know I will.