It upsets me when people pass around Walmart videos and make sneering jokes about Black Friday shoppers.
Because what they're really saying is that they're superior to "those" people. You know, the poors. The "stupid" people who line up the night before to get in the door and get those $20 DVD players (or whatever the hot present is this year.) Yes, it's about materialism and consumerism on steroids, and of course it's not a good thing.
I have never been that poor, that I would stand in line to get a bargain. And I've never been one to go overboard on Christmas. When my kids were little, I bought them a bunch of used toys and cleaned them up. They never knew the difference. And if I was really, really broke, I gave people a lottery ticket. Or a high-quality chocolate bar with a card. Some years, I still just wrap a book I really enjoyed and give it to a friend. No big deal.
Someone once said to me, "You know, how you get crazy and anxious about Christmas, you have all that shopping to do..." I looked at her. "Nope. I don't get anxious at all about Christmas. If I see something someone will like, and I can afford it, I get it. If I can't, I don't. I don't spend money on things I can't afford."
She was very frustrated by my attitude. Her retort? "Well, you're not like a real woman!"