Real light week topic-wise from both podcasts, though topic 1 of the GameOverGreggy Show got quite heated with Colin expressing his dislike of Black Friday. In Canada, Black Friday isn’t a big deal (celebrating Thanksgiving the month before factors into this), but there are some stores that offer sales, and you can also do some bargain-hunting on Amazon. I usually browse the wares online and pull the trigger on purchases I’ve been meaning to make anyway.
This week I’ve decided to talk about Boxing Day because it’s similar to Black Friday, and it’s a holiday that I celebrate.
I know what you’re thinking: Boxing Day is overrated, the sales aren’t great, and the crowds are annoying. For the most part, I agree. But shopping isn’t the main reason I go out on Boxing Day—in the beginning it was, but now it’s deeper than that.
This coming Boxing Day marks the 10 year anniversary of a tradition my friend and I have, where we spend the day shopping, and then watch a movie starring Will Smith.
Now you’re probably thinking “wow, that second part is a very specific and seemingly random thing to do on Boxing Day”. Let me explain.
It started Boxing Day 2006. My friend and I decided to hit the stores and see what all the fuss was about. To take a break from the crowds, we decided to watch a movie, which was “The Pursuit of Happyness” starring Will Smith. We had a great time hanging out that day, so we decided to go out again the following year. And that year we watched “I Am Legend”, which also happened to star Will Smith. On Boxing Day 2008 we watched “Seven Pounds”, again starring Will Smith. It was then that we noticed the pattern and our tradition was born. We agreed that every Boxing Day we would go shopping and watch a Will Smith movie.
Those first three years it was chance that Will Smith happened to be in a movie showing in theatres on Boxing Day, and that we chose to watch them. The next few years there was no Will Smith movie in theatres, so we were forced to watch the movie from someone’s house instead—Year 4 was “Independence Day”, year 5 was “Bad Boys”, year 6 was “Enemy of the State”.
By 2012 (year 7), my friend and I missed going to see the movie in theatres, so we decided to alter our tradition to include any movie starring an African-American male—mostly because “Django Unchained” was showing and we both really wanted to see it (fun fact about “Django Unchained”: Will Smith was originally going to star in the film). Year 8 we watched “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”, starring Idris Elba, and last year we decided to go back to our roots and watch “Bad Boys 2”. This year, if a Winnipeg theatre picks it up, we will get to see Will Smith in “Concussion”, which is right up my alley because I love football.
And there you have it. That’s our tradition. The whole thing is about shopping and watching a (somewhat specific) movie, but more than that, it’s about friendship. Even though we are both very busy these days, my friend and I look forward to Boxing Day and spending that time hanging out. And sometimes we do find items on sale that we’ve been meaning to buy, or we use Boxing Day as an excuse to treat ourselves. I’ve bought some pretty awesome things on Boxing Day, such as a television, a PS3, and last year I upgraded my phone for a pretty sweet deal.
What are your thoughts on Boxing Day? Have you taken advantage of any great sales? And if you’re not into Boxing Day, do you and your friends celebrate any weird/fun traditions? Let me know in the comments.