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Black Friday Craziness November 28, 2014

Filed under: Crafting,family,holidays — ourprairiehome @ 9:26 pm
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I have never understood the fascination that many have of going out shopping the day after Thanksgiving.  Yes, there are great sales, but the size of crowds and traffic alone is enough to make me cringe.  I have tried it a couple of times, years ago, and hated it.  Maybe because I went out alone, or maybe because I didn’t really have a plan to make it fun.  Either way, I have found myself thinking now that I am glad that I don’t put myself through that.

What I am doing is making the gifts at home or ordering online.  I find it much more satisfying and calming to my spirit to avoid the crowds.  I am lucky to have people around me who also enjoy receiving the handmade gifts.  Rarely have I had someone be too snooty to accept something handmade.  On the rare occasions when that has happened over the years, I just make mental note to never make them anything homemade again.  If anything, they will get a little gift card so that they can buy what they want.

One thing that I have been trying to instill in our children is the importance of giving of oneself through your time and talents.  With that in mind, I am teaching them to also make their gifts.  It is fun to watch them work on a project that takes several days (or longer) to complete.  The pride that Little Miss feels when she finishes the item and gives it to the recipient of the gift is a joy to see.  Likewise, I am so grateful that the gifts are well received and the children are praised for their efforts.

There are many gift ideas that you can find on Pinterest and other online resources that will give you examples of things kids can make.  These are not just the cutesy crafts but you can find meaningful gifts that can be used for a purpose.  A project that the kids are working on is to make an ornament for each person they make a gift for.  The ornaments that they are making are so cute and easy for them to do.  Even Pookie is getting in on it.

The best part of the holiday crafting is that instead of dealing with crowds at stores, we are spending time being creative as a family.  That in and of itself is a gift that you cannot replace.

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3 Responses to “Black Friday Craziness”

  1. Patti Says:

    I have family members who had to work last night. It was 6 degrees here (NW IL) There is NO sale good enough to make me want to go out in the middle of the night in 6 degree weather. I have done most of my Christmas shopping online before Thanksgiving. I love the way you teach your children to give of themselves.

  2. Carolin Martens Says:

    I feel exactly the same. The values that you teach your children are amazing. Something I can connect with. I am still trying to wrap my head around someone who was at Target at 5:30 am to buy a tablet for their daughter who is not even two yet.My girls asked what we were doing Christmas day. I told them breakfast, play some checkers, puzzles and we finally got the Spirograph deluxe kit for ourselves. I have such fond memories of it as a child. Have lunch and a somewhat Fancy meal. We will have fun just hanging our ourselves.They are so excited but it means so much more to me because they are 14,13,12 years old. Sometimes I would question how I was raising them as a single parent, but now I know I have instilled some great values over the years. My oldest said she loves how we are raised. I shake my head in wonder and amazement over how wonderful they are. You are showing your children how to value people not possessions. You are truly blessed,

  3. Thank you for the kind words. There is so much greed in society in general. Everyone is out for themselves. Yet, often people are shocked or outraged at the rude behavior of others. It is the responsibility of the parents to instill in their children a love of others. As Christians, we are to show the love of Christ to those around us. What better way of doing this than to begin early to train our children to not always be looking out for “what’s in it for them” but instead to see what they can do to bless others?


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