Well it has finally arrived in Canada with all it’s consumerism glut: ‘Black Friday’ and ‘Cyber Monday’. What used to be an American trend has now migrated north like some insidious plague. Black Friday follows the American Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday is right afterwards. But now it’s ‘Black Friday Week’ and it’s only the beginning of seasonal shopping frenzy until Christmas. This morning before 7 a.m., the news reported that in the USA, fights broke out in line-ups and shots were fired……..in a WalMart Parking lot!
The momentum has been building feverishly this week – it reminds me of the children’s Christmas movie “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” where the citizens of the imaginary town of Whoville are in a shopping frenzy spending, spending, spending! Life imitating a cartoon, sadly. Every time I turn on my computer or TV this week, I am bombarded with Black Friday advertisements: “Save 60%! Spend, Spend, Spend!!” Honestly, it nauseates me.
Okay, I have to admit, I used to be a “Who” – I used to love shopping for Christmas gifts…. lots of presents for each child so they seemed happy for that half an hour it took to open their presents on Christmas morning. But just as I’ve simplified my life in the past few years, dangerous consumerism seems to have swept North America and even Asian countries like a tsunami. I thought the USA was in dire straits financially? I thought thousands of families have lost their jobs and homes? Canada hasn’t yet felt the economic impact on that scale yet, but the signs are there.
Black Friday is reported to be the biggest shopping day of the year in the USA – people buying sale items as well as regularly priced and even marked-up-for-the-season things. People line up outside stores for hours, often in frigid temperatures, to be the first ones inside, charging through the doors like maniacs practically trampling each other. Cyber Monday is the ‘at home’ shopping online frenzy, I guess. It’s always about the money……
I’ve mentioned in previous blogs that I’m not a big fan of shopping. Thank you for listening to my rant on consumerism today. Bah, humbug?
Now on a completely opposite note, I want to mention ‘Giving Tuesday’ . If you are so inclined to give rather than take, Charities have gotten together to give you the opportunity to give something back via a donation.