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Old 11-22-2002, 11:52 PM   #16
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I dunno...for years now I've spent Black Friday with my stepmother and a few of my cousins, rising at the crack of dawn armed with coffee and department store circulars, and spending the day shopping, talking, and eating together. I've always found it to be a very fun day and a great bonding experience for the women of my family.

I'm no friend of conspicuous consumption, but I see no harm in Christmas shopping. It's possible to go overboard, of course. I'm not saying I buy huge, expensive presents for ANYONE, and I certainly don't expect to receive any. But you're hard-pressed to find better sales at any other time of year than on Black Friday, and for cash-strapped college kids, six a.m. on Black Friday is in the fact the *best* time to go shopping.

I used to go with my mom, and it was great.


But yeah, people seriously do go nuts.
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Old 11-23-2002, 03:42 AM   #17
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Some of us try our best to remember the original purpose of Christmas.

The birth of Christ.

agreed completely. i still believe in exchanging presents as long as that point is front and center of the holiday season compared to the awful commercialization (santa-ization) it recieves.
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Old 11-23-2002, 08:15 PM   #18
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a lot of things have impressed me here:

*people who can avoid consumerism

*people who can get their holiday shopping done before thanksgiving

*people who can stand to shop on the day after thanksgiving

I like the idea. I think I'll join buy-nothing day! I'm on board!

I personally like doing my shopping on line.
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Old 11-23-2002, 08:19 PM   #19
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Oh yeah - I forgot to include a link to this thing called Heifer or something.

Instead of giving people gifts this year, you can donate animals to poor families, they can use them for food, clothing, etc.

http://www.heifer.org/

I got the catalog. It looks cool!

So, I thought this post might be appropriate in this thread.
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Old 11-23-2002, 10:09 PM   #20
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Oh yeah - I forgot to include a link to this thing called Heifer or something.

Instead of giving people gifts this year, you can donate animals to poor families, they can use them for food, clothing, etc.

http://www.heifer.org/

I got the catalog. It looks cool!

So, I thought this post might be appropriate in this thread.
I'll second elizabeth's recommendation for this organization. OUr high school pastor has taken groups of students to Heifer International's camp in Arkansas. Quite an eye-opening experience for the kids as well.
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Old 11-24-2002, 03:41 PM   #21
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I'm relieved someone else has heard of this. I felt worried after I posted, because I don't know much about it. What if it was a waste of time, or a front or something? But they quoted Susan Sarandon...so shouldn't I trust everything i read?

They "sell" these presents like knitting baskets, (sheep and llamas) and dairy farms (cows, water buffalos, goats) and honey bees and stuff. They provide training programs so people know how to care for the animals they receive. the only disappointing thing i read was that your donations just get sent to a general fund. I always feel better when my donations actually do what i want them to do. Earmarking, you know?
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Some of us try our best to remember the original purpose of Christmas.

The birth of Christ.

And the beginning of college bowl week.

I know Bama will agree with me on both counts.
Yes.

But my faux college bowl season begins and ends this Saturday night in Hawaii, since we are on probation.

And I will probably go to Best Buy Friday morning if they have a real good deal on a scanner.

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I'm about to run out of toilet paper

Mabey I can have Steal Something Day and take some from a public loo

If anyone is going shopping today, don't foget your full body armour, it can be a battle out there today just to walk down the street.

I like to pretend I'm British because they have words like "loo"
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OK, I totally agree that Christmas has become too commercial, is not about Christ anymore, etc. etc.

I went shopping today. I bought stuff for me today. And I don't feel guilty. Say what you want about greed and materialism at Christmas. Right now, this country is trying to pull itself out of a recession and one way to do this is to increase spending. More spending leads to more people who have to fill the demand, more people who have to sell the product. It creates jobs and gives stores the ability to earn money. There are stores that work in a deficit all year and then end up making a profit for the year strictly on their Christmas sales. Again, profit gives you the power to hire more people which creates more jobs, more money into the economy and therefore more money to spend.

You can't spend time with your family if you're spending your time worrying about bills or can't afford a plane ticket to go home.
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I'm about to run out of toilet paper
I was wondering what you would do in this situation.
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I went into McDonalds and stole a role of theirs.
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no, the were too busy to notice ppl going into the bathroom without being a customer

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Stealing is never right.
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I went into McDonalds and stole a role of theirs.
At the very least replace it when you get a chance.
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