We didn't participate in Black Friday. I guess by not participating in Black Friday, we are participating in Buy Nothing Day by default.
For those of you who don't know the terminology, Black Friday is the merchandiser's term for the day after Thanksgiving. It's the busiest shopping day of the year. Many retailers earn most of their annual profit between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so they are hoping that people will go out and buy more. Of course, since we are in a recession this year, the Black Friday deals were rolled out before Thanksgiving.
Buy Nothing Day is the alternative to Black Friday. The premise is simple. You don't buy anything. It's a response to the over-consumerism that is driven by the Christmas shopping season.
I spent my Friday after Thanksgiving with my family. We were at my aunt's farm. We spent the day processing meat...deer and lamb, mainly. Some was sausage. Some was cut up into chops. I'm now at home with a freezer full of wild game.
A good post-Thanksgiving activity? Probably not for you vegetarians out there, but it was time well-spent with my family and preparing for winter.
I hope that your weekend was spent in the company of those you love.