There are better things you can do on Black Friday than shop. Here are 7 ideas.
Maybe it’s because I hate crowds, or because I’m perpetually two years late to the newest technology, or because shopping makes me tired … but I’ve never understood Black Friday.
Personally, I prefer to spend the day following Thanksgiving eating pie at every meal while wearing pants with elastic waistbands.
I’m pretty sure that parks offer much better views than the inside of a Walmart. So load up your Thanksgiving leftovers into a picnic basket, find the closest park, and get some fresh air. If you live in Minnesota, you can even take advantage of free admission to all of the state’s parks this Nov. 27.
6. Compost your food scraps.
The potato peels, lemon rinds, and coffee grounds from Thanksgiving dinner could actually be used to create nutrient-filled soil! If you live near a community garden, you can keep your food scraps in a Tupperware container and take them to the compost pile the next day. Or, better yet, spend Black Friday building your own compost bin.
7. Talk to your family.
Here’s one cool thing that I recently discovered about adulthood: Your parents (and grandparents, for that matter) have a lot of good stories they never told you, either because you never asked or because they didn’t want you to know they were also young and kind of stupid once. If you’re together this year, dig up some of those stories. Bonus points: Research has shown has shown that sharing those stories can actually bring you closer together and build empathy.
There are a lot of really awesome things you can do on Black Friday that don’t involve a credit card.
We’d love to hear your ideas, too.
And really, however you spend your Thanksgiving or the day after, or the day before just don’t forget to celebrate the true spirit of the holiday, focusing on feeling grateful for your family, your friends, and your planet.
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