The holiday is needed now more than ever!
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!