I am not one to say "blah blah blah consumerism is evil"...Heck, I WORK in retail! I did not participate in Black Friday per se, but I do still buy things.
Here is my plan. It's called the 3/50 Project and you simply Choose 3 local business (*cough* yarn shops...*cough*) and spend $50 per month. If we all do this, we will be putting our money back in our local economies. And we will be doing a part of the business needed to save these businesses from closing their doors forever.
Granted, two of my family members are getting hand knit gifts this holiday season. But now I know what I should do for the rest. They will receive useful gifts bought from local businesses. That way, we can all feel good about what we've done this season.
Won't you join me? It only takes one person to make a difference. I charge you to be that person.