Does anyone but me find it ironic that less than 24 hours after gathering together to supposedly share our thankfulness for our many blessings, thousands of people will crowd together and spend untold amounts of money (and acquire who knows how much debt) just to get more stuff?
Now don't get me wrong: I love a shopping and a bargain as much as the next girl, and we have taken advantage of day-after sales on more than one occasion - usually for a certain item or two that we wanted/needed anyway. I don't even mind the getting up early if it is for a really good deal, or for something really needed or wanted.
But really? All that running around and money spending... is it really necessary? Seems such a shame to rush straight from thankfulness to chasing after the material. Instead of wearing ourselves (and our wallets) thin at the shopping malls, why not spend another precious day with our loved ones? When it's all said and done, they'll probably remember and treasure the special time baking cookies, or the hilarious afternoon of board games together in November more than any gift you give them in December.