While perusing the posts on my Facebook account, I stumbled across a link to a clip from CNN and was, for lack of better words, extremely annoyed. The title of this clip was “Shoppers already lining up for Black Friday.”
What? You’re kidding me right? To watch the clip, click here.
I understand people wanting to get a good deal. Heck, I do too. And that’s why for the first time in years, I am going to brave the crowds and do some Black Friday shopping myself. But my concern, and what irritates me about these two people already camping outside of Best Buy’s doors is this: Aren’t we forgetting the true spirit and/or meaning of the holidays?
It bothers me that, instead of spending time with their friends and family on Thanksgiving, these two people are spending it in a tent outside of an electronic store. Where is the value for family here? Instead of spending the day reflecting on all the things they have to be grateful for, these two people are thinking about what flat screen TV they want.
Furthermore, Black Friday is a sales event (yes, to make money) but to kick off the shopping season for Christmas–a holiday, which in essence, has little or nothing to do with the “stuff” we are giving and recieving. Call me old-fashioned, maybe that’s a term I am becoming proud of, but every year, more and more, I see people so concerned with the material things in life. They have to have the latest iphone, the newest gaming system, or the largest television. I see too many parents more concerned with themselves and their own lives rather than spending quality time with their children and families. I see too many shoppers around the holidays being rude. And the list goes on…
So, I want to know. Are we forgetting the true meaning ans spirit behind Thanksgiving? Or Christmas?