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National Day of Listening

The National Day of Listening is a wonderful Black Friday alternative I mention here every year.  This year we have a video from Story Corp outlining how to interview friends and family and record their stories.  Don’t wait till it’s too late and wish you had done this.

Black Friday

My custom has been to talk about Story Corps National Day of Listening as an alternative to Black Friday Shopping.  I still think this is a great idea and invite you to the Story Corp website for more information.

However this year I thought I would do something a little different.  Does your family have a day after Thanksgiving tradition that does not involve shopping?  We would love to hear about it.  Please leave a comment and share your ideas and activities.

National Day of Listening

Story Corp's Founder Dave Isay
Story Corp’s Founder Dave Isay (Photo credit: Susan Sharpless Smith)

The National Day of Listening was started in 2008 by Story Corp as an non-commercial alternative to the craziness of Black Friday shopping.  On this day after Thanksgiving take a few minutes to sit down and record an interview with a loved one.  Even if you think you have heard all of Grandpa’s stories a hundred times, really listen this time.   As annoying as those stories my seem now, I can say from experience that the time will come when you will miss them, or you will not be able to remember the details.  Having these stories recorded in your loved ones own voice will be priceless later.Visit the National Day of Listening website for more information including a Do-It-Yourself  Instruction Guide.

National Day of Listening

Listening To Grandpa
Listening To Grandpa (Photo credit: Tobyotter)

“The first duty of love is to listen.” — Paul Tillich

Story Corp. began the National Day of LIstening on the day after Thanksgiving in 2008 as a non-commercial alternative to Black Friday Shopping.  We all need a reminder that life is not about how many things we collect, but about the relationships we build.  On this day after Thanksgiving take an hour to record an interview with a loved one.  This is your opportunity to let the people close to you know their stories won’t be forgotten.  You might be surprised by what you learn.  For more information on the National Day of Listening including a Do-It-Yourself Instruction Guide visit:  http://www.nationaldayoflistening.org/