On Thursday, the United States will be celebrating Thanksgiving, some will even be shopping. There is a story behind our Thanksgiving celebration, but I’m not going to give y’all a history lesson. In our family, it means sharing time and laughs with our loved ones. A specific day set aside for recognizing what we have to be thankful seems to be unnecessary, it’s a daily thing for me.
After Thanksgiving is Black Friday — the day of all horrors, in my opinion. I shopped the day after Thanksgiving one time. It’s the kick off to the Christmas shopping season. The day after we acknowledge our gratefulness, some will be heading off to the stores, trampling over other shoppers to get a deal on a material item–rude behavior abounds.
For Christians, this isn’t what Christmas is about, but it’s hard to override the huge corporations luring us with shiny signs and television commercials to buy, buy, buy—forgetting the true meaning of Christmas.
Following Black Friday, is Small Business Saturday, a day to shop local independent shops for our Christmas gifts. A good way to put money back into the community by supporting the mom and pop shops struggling to compete with Walmart, Target, Macy’s…
The next event is Cyber Monday–the day we don’t have to shower, sit in our pajamas, and peruse the internet. This is more my style, but this year I’m going to purchase one small gift, and donate to charity–whichever charity the individual is passionate about.
Following Cyber Monday, is Global #Giving Tuesday. In my opinion, a day worthy of being included in the Christmas shopping madness. How many shoppers stop at Starbucks for that Peppermint Mocha coffee? Maybe a person could place the over priced coffee money in the red bucket of the bell ringers (Salvation Army).
No matter how you spend the next month, my wishes are for all to remember what you have to be grateful for, acknowledge the beauty of the season, celebrate your individual Faith—and find it in your hearts to give. Some people simply need someone to listen to them–and that’s free.