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Block Friday: A Better Way to Spend the Day after Thanksgiving


Let’s take back Black Friday to be mindful of the way we spend our time and money.   BlockFriday.org

Tee shirt and wallet company Holstee , in what may be considered a commercially and fiscally ironic move, is leading the “Block Friday” effort.

According to CoExist, Holstee co-founder Michael Radparvar said the company elected to “create something participatory, by renaming Friday, November 23, as “Block Friday,” a day to “block off” for something meaningful, whether it’s hanging out with friends and family or being outside.

““The goal is to get as many people as possible to consider one question:This Thanksgiving, what are you blocking Friday for?’” says Radparvar, who plans to use the day to see old friends in his hometown of Providence, Rhode Island. “There’s no wrong answer.””

Yesterday, our family set the tone for the weekend with some remarkably nice family time capped off by a little silliness (see above). Today we’re hanging out, reading, writing, talking.  It’s quiet and peaceful.  I’d rather be here with a handful of loved ones, than in a crush of shoppers buying presents no one will remember after Christmas.  That dancing photo above?  We’ll all remember and talk about that for years!

Is staying home today bad for the economy?  I don’t think so.   I think we need to find a new economic model based less on  “stuff” and more on knowledge and creativity.  That’s another topic altogether, of course, but for today at least, maybe we can take a holiday from the onslaught of commercialism and enjoy the gift of meaningful living.

Want to play along?  Share your Block Friday plans and pics on YouTube and Twitter with the hashtag #blockfriday and #holstee to add your declarations to Holstee’s digital archive.

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