Leave.me.out. I have never partaken of Black Friday. There is no sale on this earth that would bribe me into the hordes of frenzied mobs for a computer, tv, or anything else.
When my son was small, yes, of course, I bought for him, but never on this day. The older I get, the more I long for simplicity in all areas of my life. My son is grown now and living in Colorado at the moment, so I will send him money and his favorite red velvet brownies. No one can buy for my mother, so my parents will probably get a food gift card to one of their favorite fast food restaurants in Walterboro. I have no one to "buy for," and that makes the holiday easier.
I was supposed to work three hours today with my online tutoring; I haven't tutored since July. My mentoring duties keep me as busy as I want during the week. But, I cancelled all the hours I had scheduled for this weekend, forfeiting about $60. It's not about the money. I don't want anything that is going to stress me. I am aiming to simplify my life right now, so I am going to cull through more "stuff" to see what I can throw away, donate, and recycle.
In keeping with my plan to simplify, I decorated. I opted for simply the tree, no village on the mantel this year or Santa collection on the buffet. The older I get, the more I live in the past. This white tree harkens back to the one of my childhood in the late '60s/early '70s. I strategically chose the ornaments to put on it; these elves have been with me since I was about 3; some are homemade from my childhood/teens. That was such a simple time, and one that I anticipate returning to when I retire next summer.
This takes me to all I want for Christmas: nothing but time with my parents, fur babies, and friends. To me, that would be perfect.