It’s the most wonderful time of the year for retailers and for people who need seasonal jobs! It can be a time for a family adventure. I have participated in it many times. In Omaha, Nebraska, Rockford, Illinois and in Branson / Springfield, Missouri. It is really about the same everywhere. People standing in line drinking lattes and laughing at the absurdity of it all. They hope for the bargain that will make their Christmas Shopping List affordable.
I must confess that I am just a follower when it come to Black Friday. My family likes to go and so I follow. The best thing that I ever purchased at that great event was at Sam’s. It was a present for me! A red satin trench coat.
My son-in-law has it all figured out. He gets the papers, pours over the ads and then makes his selection and goes to Wal-Mart and buys all his stuff in one place and comes home, puts his feet up and watches the games!
All of this got me wondering about definitions available on the web and here is some food for thought:
Definitions (3) according to Investorswords.com:
1. September 24, 1869, the day the markets crashed following a failed attempt by some financiers to corner the gold market. Led to a depression.
2. In a more general sense, any Friday in which a public calamity occurred.
3. More recently, the term Black Friday has been applied to the day after Thanksgiving in which retailers make enough sales to put themselves “into the black ink.”
We hope that Congress and the President doesn’t do anything to cause 1 and 2. We hope this year that the retailers actually get into the black. We hope that our dollars stretch.
But most of all, I hope that people don’t spend all our money on stuff! Let’s take the time to make something and to put a bit of ourselves into the gifts. Let’s enjoy the season with family and friends. It isn’t about having the biggest, the best or the most. It is about people. It is about Christ’s birth. Let’s keep focus.
Is Black Friday a special event for your family? How will you celebrate Christmas this year?