Black Friday

I’ve seen a lot of posts on social media this week, arguing for or against Black Friday shopping. Some argue we should stay home and be thankful for what we have. Others are grateful for the chance to save for holiday gifts.
IMHO, it’s a personal choice, but I wonder how many people are really choosing the craziness of holiday shopping.
For me, we’re moving into the liturgical season of Advent, which is a time of reflection and emotional/spiritual preparation. I want quiet. I want peace.
The last thing I want is to be in a store with 100 other people spending money I don’t have to impress people I don’t even like.
For me, Christmas is a religious holiday. I choose not to buy into the American traditions of decorations and presents. I choose to focus on the liturgical traditions instead. I don’t do it to impress anyone or judge anyone or even to set myself apart from anyone. I do it because it gives me a sense of peace and wholeness, which is the current goal of my life.
I don’t judge anyone who loves to shop and looks forward to Black Friday. If that’s what makes you happy, go for it.
But I wonder how many people crave a quieter holiday season with more time for family and less time spent pressuring themselves to find the perfect gift for everyone they know. I wonder how many people would prefer letting go of cultural traditions in favor of older, liturgical ones.
What are you seeking this holiday season? Will you be shopping till you drop or will you be walking a quieter path?

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