Thanksgiving and Black Friday - Holiday Gift-Giving 101

November 25, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

St. Paul St. John

Good Morning Sports fans…

It has been a while since I have sat in front of my electronic brain to write something I hope is perceived as amusing observations of daily life and what have you.  Perhaps with the change in seasons to the Holiday Season, it would do well to help find some semblance of ‘normalcy on the fly’ as some of our readers prepare to continue their ‘power shopping sessions’ that involve the reconnaissance through Google Earth™ cross-checked by Bing® and verified by 3 other ‘friendlies’ who speak from experience ‘…you don’t want that frappasillychino maker with imported diet ice…  in various locations both in person, and of course, with today’s “Cyber Monday”.  This is considered a direct and newer relation to “Black Friday”. 

 

Okay, I understand this term is related to when stores and those purveyors of various ‘goods’ (Who would want to knowingly buy or sell ‘bad’?) breathe a corporate sigh of relief as their transaction logs no longer show a negative but a more positive PROFIT.  Let me digress here for a moment in synonyms.  Our English language (on either side of the big pond known as the Atlantic Ocean to non-United States By God Navy types) is full of challenges to anyone who is trying to learn – especially as a second language.  Since I am functionally literate to a certain degree, I have a tendency to swoop in on certain words and have a bit of ‘fun’ as I conduct “syntax recon” on my unsuspecting cohorts at work.  PROFIT – to make a positive sale, proceed to generate wealth, or at least pay the bills without needing a bail-out from Congress… I’ll be gentle here… sounds a whole lot like PROPHET.  A Prophet is even more positive, I would hope, unless of course you are of the “sell bad to the good” persuasion as earlier noted, in which case you might want to seriously reconsider what it is you are doing, and where you are heading.  I am not about to get up on my soap box and fire-up a fire-n-brimstone spiel, such as can be found at Speaker’s Corner in London’s Hyde Park.  Rather, I will summarize with a note I posted on one of my daughter’s facebook™ page a few minutes ago thanking her for being happy in not yielding to the annual feeding frenzy known as Black Friday:   

 

Let's try to keep things in a basic perspective - particularly the CHRIST in CHRISTmas. There isn't a single thing you can get in Wal-Mart, Best Buy, on-line at Amazon, or wherever that will ever be considered remotely close to what God gave us. Think about that one for a while before you get too wrapped up in trying to 'find that perfect gift' - it just ain't gonna happen. How about instead of fussing, fretting, stressing, whatever it is that is spinning your prop, to perhaps consider doing something kinder and nicer for others - even if it as simple as holding the door open at that Best Buy or Wally World. Kindness is something we all need and I would hope share. Just a thought.” 

 

This wasn’t directed at her shopping habits, which are just as tenacious as any other 20-something member of the female persuasion of Shoppasaurus-Rex.   She is a Cadell – we ain’t exactly petite folks  as most of you know.  Trust me on this one – if my daughter wants to get something done she will.   What I was keying in on was her thankfulness in not yielding to the temptation to jump into the middle of the feeding frenzy with 2.5 million other people jamming up her local Best Buy® on Friday.  She was sticking to her guns and keeping in mind what she and her husband show their students every week in their church – two very devoted and exceptionally dedicated young people who wish to share their love of God and all that He holds for us, with others.  Way to go buckarooette.

 

Perhaps as we enter this Holiday Season, we might slow down just enough between the and try to keep it all in perspective.  Yes, Christmas is indeed a time of giving gifts and exchanging well wishes for a new year.  But, and I emphasize BUT… let’s do so with a consideration for the ultimate gift of God has given us.

St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church and St. John’s Episcopal Church, Portsmouth Virginia.  Part of the new “Churches of Hampton Roads 2012” page.  


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