Happy day after Thanksgiving. I hope you had a wonderful day of relaxing with family and friends, eating too much, and being thankful. I hope your day ended with happiness in your heart. And I hope you remembered to thank God for all of it. And now, welcome to Black Friday.
Black Friday: Because only in America, people trample others for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have.
Did you know, the term “Black Friday” was coined in the 1960s to mark the kickoff to the Christmas shopping season. “Black” refers to stores moving from the “red” to the “black,” back when accounting records were kept by hand, and red ink indicated a loss, and black a profit. Ever since the start of the modern Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924, the Friday after Thanksgiving has been known as the unofficial start to a bustling holiday shopping season.
I am not much of a black Friday shopper. I will go out at some point today, but I wasn’t among the all night shoppers looking to save a few dollars for something that someone they love doesn’t really need. I got over that need to buy piles of gifts several years ago. I still love to buy Christmas presents, but I like to enjoy the experience at my leisure.
And so, the official Christmas season begins. Time to decorate the house, put up the tree and bake the cookies. Time to make lists, shop and wrap. Time for kids to start anticipating the arrival of Santa. And most importantly, time to start anticipating the birth of Jesus. May we all remember “the reason for the season”.
Today I start preparing for Christmas. Thank you for the wonderful gift that you sent us 2000 years ago, when you became human and lived among us. Help us to remember why Christmas is celebrated, and forgive us when we all too often forget.