Friday Christmas Shopping
I have only ventured out once for Black Friday. And it was enough keep me from every doing it again. I mass chaos that I witnessed, being shoved so that someone could get to a shelf and of course the disorganized piles of "goods" sent me running for my car. I didn't feel any sort of savings was worth this travesty. I don't understand what would cause people to act so uncivilized. I understand that times are tough, that we have to save every penny earned for a rainy day. But really? Trample someone so that you could get the perfect present for a few dollars less? And it isn't like any of us really need that HDTV or that tablet computer. What happened to the simplicity of Christmas being about hanging out with family and friends. One of my favorite parts of the Christmas season is midnight mass at church, seeing everyone dressed up, smiling because a friend or relative is in town, someone they want to spend time with. The choir singing and the bells tolling. I'm hoping these after Thanksgiving shopping sprees are just a faze, that we'll get back to what the holidays are really about...and that is thanks that the first pilgrim families survived and were able to celebrate with a meal and the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ.