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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Reminder about the Christmas Season and Black Friday

First, I would like to wish everyone (early) Happy Thanksgiving. Next, I have a reminder about Christmas.

Please note that Christmas has not started yet despite some commercials saying the contrary. I am amazed at how many tv commercials I have seen this early with Christmas as a theme. Thanksgiving hasn't even come and gone yet. The pre-Christmas period is long enough, so why must we make it longer?

On Sunday, we, in the Roman Church, will enter into the Advent season (I am aware that Advent has already started for Eastern Catholics). Advent comes from a combination of two Latin words, "ad", which means "to", and "venio", which is the first-person present indicative of "venere", which means "to come". This is a time used to prepare ourselves for Christ to come to Earth once again. Christmas is more than a day, it's a whole season. The Christmas season starts with Christmas Day at 12:00 a.m. (00:00) on December 25, not sooner than that.

Black Friday also has an "early start" this year. No longer do stores want to wait for the Friday after Thanksgiving to actually start. Instead, I find all the Black Friday specials starting as early as 8:00 p.m. (20:00) on Thanksgiving itself. This is time which should be spent with family and friends, not shopping for merchandise. Remember: friends and family will not always be around to spend time with, so make the most of the time you do have with them.

We all know that no sane person would do what happens on Black Friday at any other time in the year, so why do we give Black Friday a pass? Yes, stores have what seem to be "amazing" deals on Black Friday, but odds are that you can find the same merchandise for less at some other time in the year. As for fighting for merchandise, why don't we all do that adult thing and realize that it's only merchandise? It can be reproduced. and you will still live without taking advantage of the "big deal". If supply of the item you want is low and the deal is just too good to pass up, you might consider asking if you can order your item and take advantage of the deal at the same time.

This is just some good advice to take advantage of this Thanksgiving  (and Friday after it). On Thanksgiving, we should show our thanks to God for everything he has given us by going to Mass that day and worthily receiving the sacraments (this includes Confession if you are in a state of mortal sin). The word Eucharist means "thanksgiving" and it makes sense to go to Mass the day set aside for thanksgiving.

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