Only in America do we trample each other for sales to buy shit exactly one day after we get done being "thankful" for the shit we already have....
It's worse than the hypocrisy of a Saturday night drunk/Sunday morning confessional.
Do you participate in the shopping craze? Or avoid it like the plague?
Generally I try to avoid shopping centres. Yesterday I went to a local food store where I was rudely informed that “Santa Claus was coming to town”. Fuck this I thought out loud as I dropped the basket and its first few contents on the floor and did an exit stage left. I know some people see a trip to a modern shopping mall as a good family day out but I plan going there like a military operation. I know exactly what I want and will be there early (before 9:00). I will be back in my car before 10:00. See you in about 4 months’ time!
I used to go shopping on Sunday mornings because it would be almost empty. Not anymore. Nobody seems to remember to keep holy their Sabbath day. To some extent I am happy with that but most of them will claim to still be Catholics and get very angry if I ask them about the contradiction when I mention it in general conversation. I enjoy hearing their variety of excuses.
I would probably stay longer and spend more money if “they” left me alone. I mean, I already became a captive by driving there and walking a mile across carparks to enter the Mall. Obviously I am there to spend money. It is the “Would Sir be interested in trying a food sample...” to a background cacophony of bad pop music that gets me. No, Sir is not but thank you very much for putting the bread and the milk at the two most distant parts of the shop. I did not know you had rebranded as an “inconvenience store”. I really enjoyed the smells of the fish counter mixed with the scent of perfumes as I walked between them.
Ok, I was shopping in the hyperbole shop and most of the time I get through it unscathed. Even when it is bad I laugh my way around. I am amused at the gluttony of Earthlings in the lead up to Christmas as they spend fortunes on horrible mass produced foods that they will stuff themselves with because Santa did eventually come to town. I find it all very vulgar. Drunk and barely able to move they tell me “Ah it’s all for the children”. “Great, I am happy to hear you did not mention the baby Jesus”. Oh, of course Him too. We are still Christian’s y’know. Hiccup.
If Sir is not happy would Sir like to fill out a……No, thank you I just enjoy watching Earthlings shopping. Now where did I park my spaceship…..
I did my first “Black Friday” last year. We went to “Target” in Panama City Beach but on the Thursday night. I queued up and got my new iPad Air 2 for 50% less the official retail price. No hassles and no fights much to my dismay. The guy packing my stuff was very friendly and I am almost certain he was an ethnic American Indian. It took my brain a while to figure that out.
putting the bread and the milk at the two most distant parts of the shop
You know they do that on purpose, right? Do you not have online ordering and/or delivery?
Brits don't have a Thanksgiving Thursday
"Derp" - British department stores.
I avoid it like the Black Plague.
Its not driven by hypocrisy...the hypocrites are not the ones who invented the idea.
In US retail, when goods are seasonal/gift items, etc, as a rule of thumb, they exist from Christmas to Christmas, with that single season being the main reason they are in business making a profit....and the rest of the year is on a closer to a break even basis.
So they do the majority of their profit when everyone is shopping for the holidays.
As Jews made Hanukkah like xmas, and other cultures adopted the frenzy, "for the kids so they don't feel bad" - it became an overwhelming retail force.
Before WWI, etc, kids got "a stocking"...or "A present". Over time, because of TV and other advertising, people were taught that they were suppose to fill the space under the tree with presents, and treats, and so forth...in addition to the stocking.
And, it went from a simple holiday, to a national insanity.
Families felt pressured to buy enough stuff for the kids, so compared to the other kids, they would not feel bad...and that of course snowballed.
If the other kids are getting bikes, and you get some nuts and an apple, you are not happy.
If the neighbors hear you got your kid a book, and that's it, they assume you are either "A Scrooge" or not as successful as they are, and so forth.
Add movies and so forth that portray the sanctimoniously mixed message about how Christmas is not about the presents, its about Jesus, while in reality driving home the mental image that poor people are the ones who can't afford to give presents. (But its OK, we forgive them, because they are poor...they can't AFFORD to give presents, like you're supposed to...)
It's also true that many Christian sects once refused to celebrate Christmas (I think they thought it was some evil Catlick thing).
But yes, pointing out the Jesus was probably a very orthodox Jew in many respects (believing himself to be the messiah would be an exception to that of course) makes many of them uncomfortable.
(Incidentally, there's plenty of evidence that the historical Jesus believed himself to be the Messiah (or was aspiring to be so) but none whatsoever that he thought himself to be the literal son of god--the two concepts didn't mean the same thing, not in the slightest, and a literal son of god who was himself divine would have been, and still is, heresy in Judaism, which really is monotheistic in its present form (without trinitarian hoopjumping).)
Jesus was bound to be screwed really...from the very beginning, every frickin year, he would hear "And this is for your birthday AND Christmas...."
I've known families to move the celebration of the child's birthday just so that wouldn't happen.
Do you participate in the shopping craze?
Australia tried to do something similar the day after christmas at midnight. We went once and noticed that all the good deals were limited to "first X customers only"... where X is inversely proportional to the savings offered. Overall, it's just not worth the effort considering you can get similar deals everyday online or in certain stores.
The day after Christmas can be very busy in the US as well, but not through any deliberately hyped "Black Friday" thing. Lots of gifts being returned, and gift certificates being used. I think Canada has a holiday (Boxing Day) on that day, but don't hold me to that.