I never like turning on the news on Black Friday. It’s always strange watching video clips of hoards of shoppers waiting in line and trampling into stores while Christmas music is playing in the background. Though I try to reconcile it by thinking that consumer spending drives the economy and thousands of employees are probably receiving overtime pay, the overall atmosphere of the day—after we just gave thanks for everything we have—is a bummer.
A great article that was published last year, 12 Most Charitable Ways To Spend Black Friday, outlines a number of ways to turn this unofficial American holiday into a morally positive one. Granted, these are things you can do all year round, but I think on days like today it’s always important to show our kids what the Season of Giving really means.
Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions. – Luke 12:15