Wow. It seems like this happens every year. It’s a Friday after Thanksgiving. And according to a lot of businesses and retailers, this day started days ago. Now, I’m not a professional time traveler, so correct me if I’m wrong. But I don’t see how today could have started days ago. Am I missing something? Because it seems, to me, like…
A black Friday after Thanksgiving should start on FRIDAY!
I mean, c’mon, man. Isn’t that just good ol’ common sense? Oops, I forgot. Common sense ain’t so common any more. Especially when you consider how many people believe boys and girls can switch genders.
But I’m not going down that rabbit (one of the new gender identities) hole right now.
I’ve shared my black Friday bullet list before. But I’m gonna share it, here, again. Because there might still be a couple of people in the world who haven’t seen it. And maybe you still haven’t used it as a guideline for today.
- Go into the red to help someone else get in the black
- Pay lots more in the future for what I take home now
- Stand in line for something that will be there next week at the same price
- Become part of a frenzied crowd or mob
- Change my mind about what’s a truly good deal
- Allow any hype to change my mood or my attitude
- Buy into the retail message of Christmas while forfeiting the real message
I know most of my friends (you included?) don’t even like the brick and mortar shopping experience anymore. And who can blame them (or me) when you consider the almost non-existent customer service in most places? But there are apparently still millions of people who buy into (literally) the hype about the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Commercials push out the message they want you to believe is true.
How a visit with your friends, family, and relatives is such an awful strain. It’s boring at best. And confrontational at worst. Retailers want you to buy like no other day of the year can possibly match the “bargains” of today.
Poppycock. Balderdash. Gobbledygook. And codswallop.
Traditional retailers kick off their “holiday season” sometime in August now. Because they need to make up for the rest of the year. And the escalating tyranny of our government, with taxation on literally almost every part of life, means this trend will continue.
I’m not at all for taking the gift-giving out of Christmas. I love getting and giving gifts. But I want love, not profits, to be the motivation for that. And I believe it’s possible to serve others well, all year, with that in mind.
Feel free to totally disregard my somewhat jaded tips. You won’t be in the minority if you do. But I hope you’ll at least remember the end game. Which is, this life ain’t the end. Because your Creator, the actual “reason for the season,” has the gift of eternal life neatly wrapped up and ready for you to open.
And that beats figgy pudding any day.
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