Black Friday: Smart Shopping or Dumb Shopping?

November 24, 2011


I had to make a run to Walmart on Thanksgiving morning (sheesh, I always forget SOMETHING) and drove past Best Buy. I thought it was open, seeing the parking lot fill up. But then it hit me: The store isn’t open! These are Black Friday shoppers!

Hello, it was 11 IN THE MORNING on Thanksgiving Day!!!


I’ve done the “Black Friday” thing. I got up at 4am to stand in line for 2 hours in the freezing cold. Even though there was a loooong line ahead of me, I still waited. The doors opened at 6am and BANG people rushed to the doors. By the time I got inside, everything was gone. šŸ˜Æ Never doing that again. What a waste.

But still, let’s say you have tons of time on your hands and, say, you REALLY REALLY need a new 50-inch plasma TV. I mean, the necessities of life, right?! Hey, if I REALLY REALLY needed a plasma TV, I guess I would wait in line, too. But I’ve never needed one, nor do I foresee EVER needing one. šŸ™„

Anyway, I was pretty surprised to see folks lining up in front of stores already. Wow. These folks have got a long wait, and in here in New York State, it can get pretty cold outside, after dark.

I don’t have anything against Black Friday, per se. It’s good to save money, and if it is worth your time to wait in line– hey, that’s cool. But I do not like Thanksgiving Day being marginalized. It’s supposed to be a holy day, a day when we publicly and personally give God thanks for the amazing blessings He’s given to us. No, Thanksgiving Day is not the day we give thanks for the Indians saving the Pilgrims’ skins, as nice as that was. It’s God’s day. He deserves it.

So as much as I think it’s great to save money, I greatly dislike the commercialization of yet another holiday. Marketers have already wrecked Christmas, blown Halloween WAY out of proportion, and now they want to scarf up my Thanksgiving holiday?! Must the money lovers encroach on our holiest national holiday of the year?! :hmph:

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8 Responses to “Black Friday: Smart Shopping or Dumb Shopping?”

  1. Karen and Gerard Says:

    People really need to not allow themselves to get sucked in to these extra shopping specials. As long as people go, stores will be more than happy to open their doors. I think it’s sad people actually spent their Thanksgiving day waiting in line for the store to open at night. There were people at the Best Buy buy us too early in the day when it didn’t open until late tonight.

  2. Sherree Says:

    I remember growing up when you never saw anything pertaining to Christmas until after Thanksgiving and it made Christmas so special. Now the holidays have gotten to the point that it is no longer about family and being thankful for the things that the Lord has blessed us with.

  3. Renee Says:

    A lot of people who do not believe in God still celebrate Thanksgiving. It’s really a secular holiday, though it’s whatever YOU make it. So, to you, it’s about God. To others, not so much.

    Though it does annoy me that it’s being skipped over more and more, as though it’s just a gateway to Christmas.

    There were people here camping out in front of Best Buy on Tuesday morning. Craziness. I stayed home on Friday!

    • Rebecca Says:

      Hi, Renee. Um, nope, Thanksgiving is not actually a secular holiday… you mean “secular” as in non-religious, right? We consider the landmark “first” Thanksgiving in the New World to have started with the Pilgrims, those religious fanatics who traveled months across the stormy Atlantic Ocean for religious freedom. The first national proclamation for Thanksgiving was by George Washington and Abraham Lincoln who both said:

      Washington: “… it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor– and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness…. Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be– That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks….”

      Lincoln: “The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added which are of so extraordinary a nature that they can not fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God… I do therefore invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens….”

      Washington said it was our DUTY! How the heck can Thanksgiving be secular?!

      I know that some people would WISH Thanksgiving to be a secular holiday, but wishing something does not make it true.

  4. Renee Says:

    People who believe in God would assign any celebration to be a day to praise and thank him. That does not make the day a religious holiday. Which religion is Thanksgiving assigned to? Is it a Jewish celebration? A Muslim one? Pagan? Christian?

    Those people would also consider one’s birthday to be a celebration of thanks to God. Does that make my birthday a religious holiday?

    If you can find anything in any religious text anywhere to mark Thanksgiving as a religious holiday, then your argument works. But you won’t. It’s not there.

    If it is, then those of us who are not members or believers in any of those religions just shouldn’t celebrate it. And I guess that means we can all hit the stores that day with no guilt whatsoever.

    • Rebecca Says:

      Some people refuse to believe in God — not because they are convinced there is no God but because they don’t like feeling guilty about things. Anyone can think whatever they choose, of course, but to change history and facts to eradicate guilt is a futile gesture.

  5. Renee Says:

    I don’t believe there is no God. I just don’t believe the same way you do. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with what you believe and would never want to take it away from you. But there are many reasons people believe or do not believe in certain things. Unless you know the intricacies of those people’s reasons or spiritual journeys, you have no idea why they do or don’t. I don’t shop on Black Friday or Thanksgiving because I would rather enjoy the holiday and I don’t like the ridiculous crowds.

    Nothing I said was “changing history.” Until you show me one religion that marks Thanksgiving as a religious holiday, a couple presidents invoking God in reference to it does not make it a religious holiday. I’ll give you Christmas, Easter, Ramadan, Rosh Hashanah and several others, even if a lot of people celebrate those holidays even though they are not members of those religions. But not Thanksgiving. Sorry.

    • Rebecca Says:

      Christians celebrate Thanksgiving but it is also a national holiday in which all Americans (and people in other countries, as Lincoln said) are encouraged to participate. Did you read their executive orders I posted? The presidents did not “invoke God.” Did you read what it said?

      There was no official Thanksgiving Day before it was established as a national day of thanks to God. How can that possibly be construed as a non-religious event? Who else are we giving thanks to?? Just because non-religious people celebrate a holiday does not make a religious holiday suddenly non-religious. It has religious roots, it was established from, by, and to religion. There is no other alternative.