Okay... Black Friday haters... goodness me! I love Thanksgiving. I love the food and the family and the hiking and the fall weather and the thankfulness. And I am thankful! With tears in my eyes and a heart full of all the things I don't deserve, I am thankful. But there is something I enjoy about getting up early, not to run mind you, but to shop with my sister and my mom (or some years with my Mom-in-law). I love this. It is more about scoring a deal on someone's Christmas present or maybe a new sweater than about grabbing everything I can get my hands on, elbowing people out of the way, and pulling hair over the last Play Station 400. There is just something exciting to me about the crowds up at 5:00 a.m., not for a race mind you, but to find a deal! I can't speak to what their motives are, but I know mine and it is a time of bonding with my favorite women. We laugh, we shop, we drink peppermint mochas and eat something savory and calorific for breakfast. We get excited when we find a find for $5.00 off, and I come home with a few presents to put under my tree and a few pennies saved.
|Christmas 07 - two kids and their toys|
I think the Black Friday thing and the Christmas thing need balance, sure. And I also believe we don't know the hearts and motives behind everyone's reason for celebrating what and how they celebrate (unless we sit down with them over coffee and inquire).
You know what I think we all need? MORE GRACE! Give your fellow man a break. This age of social media has allowed us to share opinions and thoughts with the world (our 685 friends) that can be awfully harsh to our "friends" and the funny thing is, those brazen, outspoken souls who post judgmental know-it-all ugliness probably wouldn't say that if sitting with me or you over coffee. And that's just it. If you haven't taken a moment to sit with me over coffee and ask me why I do what I do, how can you say I'm wrong and horrible and greedy and a Black Friday shopping heathen?
So here's what I think. I'm sharing my two cents for the world (my 3 readers). Maybe instead of figuring out why everyone else is so wrong this holiday season, we should dole out an extra helping of grace with our turkey and dressing. Don't be so arrogant as to assume you know what is up in our heads as we set our alarms for 4:45 a.m. not to run mind you, but to shop with our faves. Maybe if we get all excited over our Christmas tree lights, you should not assume we don't try to love and honor Christ every single day of our lives. Grace. Humility. Love. Those are some gifts you can give to all of us Black-Friday-shopping-Christmas-present-buying-pagan-Christ-followers.
And now that I've had my say, I will return to my clothes folding and premature enjoyment of "The Christmas Kiss."