Do I say the same thing every year? The day reminds me we're impossibly tied to our material possessions, or to the idea that we're personally identified in ownership.
I wish I remembered which one of my friends it was that opened me up to the idea that ownership is less of a freedom and more of a limitation.
I changed my view on things at about 18 when I realized how freeing it was to appreciate that some things exist without trying to claim them as my own.
Every once in a while I purge my possessions when I start to feel bogged down by artifacts.
At one time, I could fit everything that was actually mine into a car. That was fun.
It's different now.
There are things I feel I require that I once didn't. My TV is only 12 inches wide, but I require a 36 inch computer screen, an iPhone and some expensive shoes and jeans.
Shirts can be from Goodwill.
I understand for some people it's a fun challenge, but I'd pay regular price for the convenience of walking into a store instead of running, sleeping in instead of camping on a sidewalk, and holding a door open for someone instead of trying to beat them through it.
I hear there are some good deals out there this year, and that Walmart is actually starting their sales at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.
Good for them. Give people something to do with all those calories.