#Giving Tuesday

On Thursday, the United States will be celebrating Thanksgiving, some will even be shopping. There is a story behind our Thanksgiving celebration, but I’m not going to give y’all a history lesson. In our family, it means sharing time and laughs with our loved ones. A specific day set aside for recognizing what we have to be thankful seems to be unnecessary, it’s a daily thing for me.

After Thanksgiving is Black Friday — the day of all horrors, in my opinion. I shopped the day after Thanksgiving one time. It’s the kick off to the Christmas shopping season. The day after we acknowledge our gratefulness, some will be heading off to the stores, trampling over other shoppers to get a deal on a material item–rude behavior abounds.

For Christians, this isn’t what Christmas is about, but it’s hard to override the huge corporations luring us with shiny signs and television commercials to buy, buy, buy—forgetting the true meaning of Christmas.

Following Black Friday, is Small Business Saturday, a day to shop local independent shops for our Christmas gifts. A good way to put money back into the community by supporting the mom and pop shops struggling to compete with Walmart, Target, Macy’s…

The next event is Cyber Monday–the day we don’t have to shower, sit in our pajamas, and peruse the internet. This is more my style, but this year I’m going to purchase one small gift, and donate to charity–whichever charity the individual is passionate about.

Following Cyber Monday, is Global #Giving Tuesday. In my opinion, a day worthy of being included in the Christmas shopping madness. How many shoppers stop at Starbucks for that Peppermint Mocha coffee? Maybe a person could place the over priced coffee money in the red bucket of the bell ringers (Salvation Army).

No matter how you spend the next month, my wishes are for all to remember what you have to be grateful for, acknowledge the beauty of the season, celebrate your individual Faith—and find it in your hearts to give. Some people simply need someone to listen to them–and that’s free.

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About April

I'll come back to this when I find out who I really am. I've been through some extremely rough patches but they have made me a better person. I blog if my brain is functioning first thing in the morning.
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23 Responses to #Giving Tuesday

  1. aviets says:

    What a lovely thought. Thanks for that. I’m not one to buy into (HA!) all the shopping frenzy – it just makes me sad.

  2. mewhoami says:

    I don’t dare even leave my house on Black Friday. No way. I’d rather spend more on a non-sale day or just not buy at all, than face those wild crowds. Also, I must agree with you about giving thanks everyday. There is always something to be thankful for and not just on Thanksgiving. I do enjoy Thanksgiving though. 🙂

  3. I have no desire to do any shopping. Let alone on black Friday or any other huge sale day. Shudders.

    • April says:

      Big sales days I use for exposure therapy since huge crowds cause some big anxiety. A new sporting goods store opened near us, and my husband had to go. I talked him out of going on opening day but we went a couple of days later on the weekend. Oh. My. Very good exposure, but I managed.

      • 🙂 Good for you! And Husband!!!! I hope you got ‘good’ exposure and good deals. 😉

        • April says:

          Great exposure! 🙂 I even shopped a little later in the day for Thanksgiving. A lot of people and I made myself look around. I know it sounds crazy, but there are certain things that panic me. Crowds and flying are two of them. So…I made it through two crowds, and one short flight. Nothing bad happened, and my world didn’t end. My husband only bought some grease or oil stuff for his crossbow. We could barely turn around in there.

  4. Don says:

    Thanksgiving and Black Friday – the contradictions of life hey April? Sad.

  5. Glynis Jolly says:

    It’s all about buying. Notice I didn’t mention money? Who uses money anymore. Just put it on the credit card and pay the minimum starting the next month. I used to like the holiday season, but anymore, I loathe it.

    I do wish you well, April and I hope those wishes follow you through the years.

    • April says:

      It’s sad that some of us wear ourselves out shopping, we forget to enjoy ourselves. If we’re lucky enough to spend time with our extended families, my it all gets lost in the commercialism. Thank you Glynis–my best wishes to you 🙂

  6. Gallivanta says:

    In the process of de-cluttering I have managed to give away a lot of stuff! Giving Tuesday sounds like a great idea to me. By the way, speaking of giving, could you check your email to see if you received an email from me? Thanks.

  7. I heard that you won my book from Silkannthreades in NZ! If you want to email me (teamgloria(at)teamgloria(dot)com – I’ll happily send you a personal note to stick on the dedication page – with my sincerest best wishes – wavingfromlosangeles _sophia x

  8. reocochran says:

    I try to go downtown every season and check out our three antique stores, since often great gifts can be found for less than the department stores. Also, the artistic stores and the one run by churches, Global Village. My parents had a little gift shop in a building where several merchants sold things, called Old Jib’s Corner in Vermilion, Ohio. My kids loved running the cash register, while they sold Mom’s doll clothes, my Dad’s paintings and he would sell gems he polished as the jewel at the center of bolo ties. He liked this, being retired more of a craft than profitable business. I appreciate your reminding everyone to try and look in other local stores before buying gifts… Fantastic post, April!

    • April says:

      Thanks! My grandmother had two business as we were growing up. She was a great example, but I never could think of a business I would be passionate about and not feel like the job would take the passion away.

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