Anyone who has lived in the USA knows about Black Friday and if you have worked in retail here the mere mention of this day of shopping madness is enough to bring on fainting spells, uncomprehensible gibberish and a strong desire to run for the hills. For those of you who don't know, Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving. It's the official start of the Christmas shopping season and is maked with madness sales on cheaply priced items. I worked retail for many years and was a veteran of 6 Black Fridays, 4 of them spent whilst working at Wal~Mart. From the time the doors open at 6am it is complete and utter craziness often times marked with acts of violence as shoppers scramble for the items on sale. The day itself gets it's name from a Macy's executive who commented that that particular day was the first time in Macy's' first year of operation that they operated "in the black" i.e. made a profit. For as long as I have been alive however, it has been a day where Americans scramble to worship at the altar of consumerism in preparation for Christmas. Yes, I'm cynical. Although my wife would differ on this point, I really don't need alot of "things" to make me happy. You may talk about the latest 64" Plasma TV but it's barely interesting to ellicit a yawn from me.
So what is important? Sunday marks the beginning of Advent, the true start of the christmas season and it is important for us as christians to remember what Christmas is truly about. If you are doing well in your life and your job thank God for it and remember to help those who are not so fortunate, it's what Jesus would have done.