Black Friday Shopping for Christmas

Black Friday Shopping for Christmas

Black Friday Shopping for Christmas

Every year on Black Friday, people take to the stores to get a bargain on gifts they are buying for a loved one or on something they just can’t live without, all because of a “deal.” I know that some of the deals on this day are awesome, but is it worth it to push, shove and be disrespectful to your fellow shoppers? Over the years, we have heard horror stories about people being knocked down, trampled and some even dying as a result of such antics on Black Friday. I remember years ago shopping for my niece who was five or six years old at the time (she is now 33). Cabbage Patch Kids were hot that year, so my husband and I went out on Black Friday for a deal on this doll for her. I had it in my hand and was showing it to my husband when a lady came over and grabbed it out of my hand.  I was in my early 20s and was so taken aback by this lady that I just let her have it instead of fighting over. My husband was not so understanding at the time and went over to her and asked why she took it out of my hands. The lady looked him square in the eye and said, “I had it first!” To this day, we still remember just standing there, looking at each other in disbelief. He was ready to tell her a thing or two, but I grabbed his arm and told him it was not worth it. Being newly married, he looked into my eyes and agreed. So I dug some more in the store’s big bin and found a similar doll to the one I first had. After all that we went through to get the Cabbage Patch Kid on Black Friday, a week later that same store had those same dolls for a cheaper price. This just goes to show you that grabbing and fighting over items on Black Friday is just not worth it. There could be a better deal the next week. To this day, I hate it when my wonderful husband gets the newspaper with all the Black Friday deals in it and starts to plan out trips to the stores.  I sometimes refuse to go with him, because I can’t stand all the pushing, shoving, grabbing and people yelling at me or someone else. Last week, I wrote a blog about being kind to others. Well, this piggybacks on that subject.  Black Friday is a day to be understanding, accepting, patient, soft spoken and, most of all, to remember that we are out and about shopping for Christmas - the birthday of our Savior, Jesus Christ! Remember that while out shopping on Black Friday. The most important question is, what would God think of your actions on Black Friday? Think before you speak those nasty words or grab items out of others hands.  God is watching and he will tell Santa on you. Rock on, people. Rock on.