The day after

I went Black Friday shopping.  Once.  Seven years ago.  I can remember standing in the middle of Best Buy terrified that I was going to get crushed by the mob of people.  I left with a dvd player for my dad and later that day had the discussion that led me to the altar 16 months later. 
For the last 6 years, we’ve chosen to avoid the chaos and the rush to spend by supporting the local businesses and making it a family day.  We go out at some point in the day and get our Christmas tree and then come home to decorate.  I know a lot of people do this, but I’ve made it a point to make sure that we keep after Thanksgiving to ourselves.  And to make sure we are being conscious with our money’s final destination.  
Liam on the wagon ridesus
The town I live in has a group that champions the slogan “Be Focal, Buy Local”.  I for one, am on board.  We’ve continued with our primarily local diet and spend as much of our dollars within the borders of our own county if at all possible.  When looking for our Christmas tree, I found the OurOhio.org site and promptly checked out our county’s offerings.  As a result, we found a wonderful little farm less than 20 minutes from our home that I never knew about.  We brought our tree home and decorated it after supper.  I’m typing in the glow of the lights. 

Regardless of how you’ve planned to spend your Black Friday or where you do your shopping, I’d like to encourage you to take the time to find a local artisan, farmer, or shop and support them instead of the big box stores.  If you’re looking for a place to start, how about with your Christmas tree?  Check out the Christmas Tree Farm Network for a listing of farms by state. 

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