This week, families everywhere will gather around a table heaping with food to stuff themselves, reconnect, and enjoy time together counting their blessings.
The next day (or even that night, which is CRAZY and makes me so ANGRY), everyone goes out and kills each other over one-day deals so they can get more stuff.
What’s wrong with this picture?
I present to you Black Friday, the most stupid, unnecessary, and destructive day of the year.
And now I present to you: 3 reasons I hate black Friday.
1. It Completely Undermines Thanksgiving
I mean, really? Come on. If you have to have Black Friday, could you have possibly picked a WORSE DAY to have it? The day after we’re supposed to be thankful for everything we have already?
People spend Thanksgiving thinking about all of the wonderful blessings they have. That is the whole POINT! It’s such a great holiday, because sometimes we all need a reminder to be thankful.
And then the next day, after spending a whole day being thankful, they go out and trample each other so that they can fill their lives with MORE UNNECESSARY STUFF.
And now people are starting Black Friday sales in the evening on Thanksgiving. Do people not see something wrong with that?
Of all days to have Black Friday. Why????
2. It Reinforces How Commercialized Christmas Has Become
But we can’t move Black Friday, you say! The whole point is that it’s the first day we start Christmas shopping!
But this is the other sad thing about the timing of Black Friday. Christmas is definitely NOT about stuff, presents, great deals, getting everyone the perfect gift. And even Christians forget this in the wake of how commercialized the Christmas season has become.
It’s supposed to be a season of peace, love, joy, and hope. Instead, it’s become a season of stress, worry, and spending too much money to get “just the right gift”. Black Friday is such BLATANT PROOF of this, and it makes me sad.
3. It Promotes Selfishness and Greed
Yes, the above two points could be fixed by moving Black Friday to another day. But the deepest problem with Black Friday is the heart attitude that it causes in people.
The whole idea of Black Friday is that you have to get to the stores as quickly as you can, to snatch up the best deals and get more stuff.
There’s never a thought for the people who might not have the means to buy even the cheapest sale items.
There’s never a thought for the people who show up late and really need some of that stuff you bought more than you do.
There’s never a thought that you really have enough, you don’t need more, and there are much better ways to spend your money.
This heart attitude is not how a Christian should be. Christians are supposed to be selfless, generous, giving people. That’s why I don’t think Christians should have anything to do with Black Friday.
Stay in. Read books. Watch movies. Take Friday to focus on your blessings too. If you have things you really need to buy, do some online shopping. But please, please, stay out of stores.
I wouldn’t want you to be killed by a stampeding mob 😦