conversely these same boom-bust model economics of american capitalism have turned once savvy and spendthrift shoppers into deadpan holiday drones whos only real interaction with $holiday is to log predictably onto amazon, select an item from a prepopulated list of gifts for a known interest or loved one, and click buy. brick-and-mortar macys and nordstrom have been reduced to nothing more than an over-illuminated street corner inconvenience with mandatory christmas tree furiously blocking a pedestrian courtyard or an army of bell-bangers demanding what little spare change the average american hasnt carried for 20 years. yet still is the awkward post-christmas sales rush, an event thats gained momentum consistently for the last decade due to an increasing number of americans who are made to work holidays or multiple jobs in a service sector with no concept of regular time off.
raining grinch upon glad tidings still is a growing minority of americans who just wont. They hold contempt for christmas in october, the same five christmas songs played fifteen times a day for 3 months, the mind numbing tie-ins and product placement in even the most mundane entertainment medium, and the lack of diversity or meaning in a mandatory shopping experience spun from the backs of so many chinese cargo ship containers.
For me, I dont do black and cyber anything. When thanksgiving rolls around I buy something tasteful and local from my state to ship to relatives.