Today is Black Friday.
The day when American shoppers are willing to stand in line for hours for what promises to be the best deals of the year.
In an economically challenging time such as we’ve been in (for quite awhile now), the thought of getting great “stuff” for the cheapest price is tantalizing.
In fact, people seem to be willing to do or give up just about anything to partake of those deals.
I was reading an article on FoxNews.com about Black Friday shopping at a Best Buy in Michigan this morning. The news story includes a quote from a woman. Many stores are including Thanksgiving “super savers” as part of the enticement. Best Buy was offering a 40″ TV for an extreme low price to the earliest shoppers. The woman (first in line, waiting with her stepson and a friend) is quoted saying “We’ll miss the actual being there with family, but we’ll have the rest of the weekend for that.“
Does anyone else find something “off” with this form of reasoning? Like the point of gathering on Thanksgiving has been missed?
I confess. There is a part of me which desires to be out there “getting the best deals” today. Twice in the past I’ve gone shopping on Black Friday, but it’s not been a big issue or escapade as some experience it. My shopping budget never took me to the stores where shoppers were grabbing for the same toys or electronics or pushing one another to get through the door.
But when I stop to think about what Thanksgiving truly means (thanking God for His abundant provision, being grateful, spending time with family and friends), participating in Black Friday becomes less appealing.
Truthfully, even if I wanted to take the moral high road when it comes to consumerism or the shocking behavior which still plagues Black Friday, it is ultimately the bump in the road which is my budget keeping me home. And I’m okay with it.
In fact, I’m grateful. Why?
Not having the opportunity to spend money on those “great deals” gives me one more chance to put the acquiring of “stuff” and Christmas into proper perspective. I want my holiday season spent focusing on the true reason for celebration, not whether or not I gave the best gift. After all, what we truly need has already been given.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6