As the festive period approaches I have been reflecting on how this time of year is significant for me. I love Christmas. The smell of pine mixed with mulled wine and mince pies, twinkling lights and people coming together to make magical memories.
However, it can also be a tricky time for people for many reasons. Not least because of the mass consumerism that seems to take over.
Black Friday has been coined as the official start of Christmas shopping — the day of can’t-miss bargains that encourages us to shop for things that we don’t really need or want. The biggest and most important retail shopping day of the year. However, in the midst of this frenzy it seems to me the reason we buy gifts seems to have been lost.
Black Friday Alternative
Personally, I see Christmas as an opportunity to buy a gift as a gesture to show my love and tenderness towards my nearest and dearest.
This thought process led me to come up with a meaningful alternative to Black Friday and rename it Friendship Friday.
So this year on Black Friday, November 23rd, rather than indulge in the discount shopping mayhem, choose a friendlier, more soulful alternative. I believe the true essence of Christmas time is love and I want to offer you an opportunity to win a hand embellished canvas of your choice and then share your good fortune with someone you love.
“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” -C.S. Lewis