The holiday is needed now more than ever!
This is the 12th straight year that I have written about Curmudgeon Day on this blog, and every year the situation gets worse.
The purpose of Curmudgeon Day is to avoid all of the insanity associated with the commercialism attached (incorrectly) to the day after Thanksgiving in the US. Some may call it the unofficial start of the Christmas shopping season, but the idea that it is the most profitable day of the year is a myth.
The practice on Curmudgeon Day is to stay home and do whatever you want to do, but most importantly, do not go shopping. Granted, it can take some planning, especially if you are not in the practice of keeping your pantry full and cooking for yourself, but it is much safer not to join the frenzy, as well as better for your mental health.
Since the first blog post here in 2004 (which was already many years after Curmudgeon Day started), the crowds have gotten bigger, the number of deaths have increased (from none), and the abuse has spilled into Thanksgiving, our family’s most sacred holiday. The only way to stop this idiocy is to refuse to play that “doorbuster” game.
Instead, stay home and actually play games with your family, or work on your hobby, or read that book you have been meaning to find time for, or, if you must, just watch the disturbing images of shoppers acting like stampeding cattle on television and learn the names of all the people killed underfoot this year.
I urge you, most seriously, to make a stand. Celebrate Curmudgeon Day!
Stay home, stay safe, and do what you wish.
This is the tenth year I have written on this blog about Curmudgeon Day, the Friday after (US) Thanksgiving Day which is traditionally observed by refusing to leave the house, instead staying home and doing whatever activity you choose. The day has been recognized for decades, and others have tried to misappropriate it, especially recently, attempting to rename it and twist it to their wicked ends. Nevertheless, I remained committed to the original intent and observe faithfully.
Click here for more information on Curmudgeon Day.
Alas, I awoke this particular Curmudgeon Day with a headache, probably due to too much poor television before bed time, but that problem is resolving itself now. This post is the first significant thing I am doing today (after sleeping in), though I did some design for a project that is near and dear to my heart at the technical start of the holiday (before going to bed), and I plan to revise the design more and then work on implementation. Since I actually under-ate yesterday, I am looking forward to lots of very tasty leftovers, too.
If you support the idea of Curmudgeon Day, please like our Facebook page.
Our local NPR station just referred to today with the words “traditional holiday” and then, in dishonor of those who are shopping, played the ominous Night on Bald Mountain, by Modest Mussorgsky. 🙂
I Stayed Home and Did What I Wanted.
I have been writing about Curmudgeon Day for the last 8 years, which posts you can find in the Curmudgeon Day category. The holiday itself is much older (predating the pretenders), but it has taken on additional significance this year. This Thanksgiving was the first time one of our guests had to leave early to go into work at a retail outlet, for a midnight opening, under the implied threat of dismissal, making this particular practice a form of quasi-slavery, which must become unprofitable.
Now, I encourage you to join the cause by visiting and liking the Curmudgeon Day page on Facebook. If you are so inclined, please also post there about your non-shopping activities; I have already done so.
“We now return to our regularly scheduled program.”
Stay Home and Do What You Want.
Today is Curmudgeon Day, a holiday which is traditionally celebrated by not going anywhere (especially avoiding the shopping frenzy and the idiots who fuel it) and enjoying activities that make you happy. For a reasonably complete definition and history of Curmudgeon Day (for you Wikipedia editors), see the Curmudgeon Day category of this blog.
Warning: There can be consequences to not participating in Curmudgeon Day, such as people being injured at Walmarts around the country. (I remain safe and warm at home, and never go to Walmart.)
Think about the things you enjoy doing, those activities that you would do if you had a little more time. If you have the luxury of not having to work serving the braindead on this day, stay home and do those things. Spend time with family, play a game you have not had time to open, work on a creative project you want to accomplish, or just relax. Take the day, or even the whole holiday weekend, to remember what makes you happy.
For my part, I slept in, then watched Formula 1 practice from Brazil, and now I am writing this blog post before programming a project I have not been able to find time for recently. Even doing what I love for a living, I still have lots of other things to do on this one day for doing strictly what I want.