Black Friday, Blue Laws, and Thanksgiving Blessings

Black Friday, Blue Laws, and Thanksgiving Blessings

The day after Thanksgiving has become the biggest shopping day of the year. And now, some of the big box stores are inching into Thanksgiving Day itself by opening on Thursday afternoon. A national day of giving thanks has become a national day of acquiring more. We call it Black Friday. At least we named it well.

I think football is to blame. When over-fed men won’t converse with their families, but pile into stuffed chairs and watch football into oblivion, women go shopping. It is payback for the scant thanks the women got for all their hard cooking. I know; this sounds very sexist. Men do cook and women do like football. I’m generalizing here.

But I’m still sad that stores are opening on Black Friday and Thankful Thursday. Because we don’t need more practice at buying stuff. We need more practice at conversing, playing, walking, and talking—at being a family who exits the rat race for a respite of gratitude. It’s hard to do that while you’re wrestling a bargain toy from a fellow human or snoozing to another NFL game.

I say bring back the Blue Laws when non-essential stores were all closed on Sunday. Ahhh. Sabbath. That’s what would make me most thankful.


Psalm 136:3 | Thanksgiving 2014 | Black Friday 2014

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  1. How dearly I miss those things!…Conversing, playing, walking(Doing plenty of this because I haven’t been able to afford a car for several years), and talking…..Having friends and family that we truly “commune” with. It is the most saddening to me to watch people with their heads down, staring into a cell-phone, using all their concentration to make a toxic comment about someone or something in a vain effort to get “Liked”. I suppose it’s a form of communication, but not really. More of an act of desperation. Part of it seems to be based in laziness…And the youthful misconception that anyone making a physical effort just isn’t “cool”. Where I grew up in Illinois, drinking establishments were plentiful and popular (Not quite so much now as they used to be)….And although the liquor was an unfortunate part of the equation, At least people were getting-out and moving around, laughing and talking! I can tell you honestly that my deep loneliness brought me into such an environment many, many times. Sadly, the alcohol stayed with me for years….But only because I associated it with the fun activities of Conversing, playing, walking, talking, connecting with others. I don’t know that there’s a real solution to such a horrible behavioral problem. But it would be nice to see people reach-out to each other more often. Unfortunately, I can’t even seem to find a church-family here in California.

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