Anyone reading this?


I wouldn’t blame you if you aren’t.  It is Black Friday, after all.  There are deals to be had, crowds to be fought, and fellow shoppers to be trampled underfoot.  In fact, The Cherubs and my groom are completely insane out there at this very moment, wheeling and dealing, fighting and trampling. This has become a tradition of sorts for them.  Father-child bonding with a mob mentality, I guess you could call it.

As for me?   I don’t *do* Black Friday, friends.  I prefer to shop in a more dignified manner. Preferably from my home computer. With slippers on my feet, a glass of wine in hand, and chestnuts roasting on an open fire.

Oh, fine.  I’ve never eaten a chestnut in my life and have no plans to.  I’m trying to create an image here.

But I digress.

Don’t get me wrong.  I am all about a good deal.  I can accomplish with my laptop in one half-hour what others do over the course of an eight-hour on-foot rampage.

With free two-day shipping.

And no frostbite or broken appendages to show for it.

And I’ll stand my receipts up against anyone else’s.  Neener-neener.

Another benefit of shopping from home?  Is that I can select my purchases with an eye for companies that share their profits with charitable organizations.  This is a huge score in my book.  I challenge anyone to do that while trying to wrangle the last Mega Turbo Robotic New Fangled Thingie of the clutches of another in-store bargain seeker.

One very worthy organization, in my opinion, is Operation Smile, an international charity that has been transforming the lives of children since 1982.  With their mobilized force of dedicated medical volunteers, Operation Smile has provided more than 200,000 safe, reconstructive, free surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.

While my Cherubs are asking for all things collectible and electronic this Christmas?  There are children the world over who would be satisfied with the ability to speak clearly.  Or eat without assistance.

Or just to smile.


Interested in learning more about how your holiday shopping can benefit Operation Smile?  Click here.  You’d be surprised at how many companies give to this worthy cause.  And at how easy it is to make your holiday gift shopping mean more than you ever thought imaginable.

With neither frostbite nor broken bones to show for it.

This post is sponsored by Campus Book Rentals, who supports Operation Smile by donating a portion of the proceeds from every book rental. Learn more about Campus Book Rentals by clicking here.