The irony of the origins of Black Friday is something that could only ever come out of the USA.
First up comes Thanksgiving Day where families gather to be grateful for what they have, to concentrate on togetherness and being thankful for all of this.
Next day on Black Friday, with the memories of being thankful for everything they have soon disappearing into the mists of time, they are all clambering over each over to get anything with a heavy discount on it. Hardly grateful for what they have. Hardly appreciative of what they have already. Hardly thankful of those around them.
Consumerism is one thing, but being in a place of humility and being thankful for what they have rather than what they want is a greater place to be in.
You can shop peacefully without losing dignity and decorum. Not everything has to be an urgent rush and uncivilised dropping of standards. Why not support traders that meet your values rather than just looking at price tags? Why not support retailers who you know would be grateful and thankful of your custom and provide you with good customer service at the same time.
How you shop is one way of living out the thankfulness traits rather than the self-focussed embarrassment that is has been on display on Black Fridays over the years. I’ve not even touched on the boastfulness of telling everyone what you have paid for things afterwards.
This time of year leading up to Christmas should be about thinking of others. Being thankful of what you have and who is around you lasts more than one day and one turkey dinner.
This is one lesson I hope we can learn from our friends across the pond and focus on the being thankful element more than the attitudes shown on Black Friday.
Which you do you want to be?