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joelwdonnal
Joelwdonnal  (Level: 117.9 - Posts: 268)
Fri, 23rd Nov '07 8:33 AM

WHAT DOES BLACK FRIDAY HAVE TO DO WITH CHRISTMAS

I'm not a bah humbugger,but this whole black Friday thing is B.S. to me. I guess everyone tends to forget the "true" meaning of Christmas...after all it is about the birth of the first six letters in the word Christmas...how on earth did it become what it has become in todays world. Happy shopping to those who do, but please try to remember what Christmas is all about. Have a great day all.
Joel and Donna

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 6057)
Fri, 23rd Nov '07 8:43 AM

The words "Black Friday" is a commercialized term, and I always wondered what it meant. Didn't sound very good around Thanksgiving or Christmas. I just found out last night on the news, it is supposed to be the time of year when businesses profits for the year go into the black on that day as opposed to being in the red. I do believe in keeping Christmas holy and reverent, and the emphasis on the birth of Christ. I believe in Merry Christmas as opposed to Happy Holidays, and Christmas Trees as opposed to Holiday Trees as some businesses try to impose on us at this time of year.

kimoira
Kimoira  (Level: 201.8 - Posts: 1190)
Fri, 23rd Nov '07 8:57 AM

I always thought the term referred to the hellishness of entering a store on this day.

missgeorge
Missgeorge  (Level: 63.0 - Posts: 388)
Fri, 23rd Nov '07 9:52 AM

I would agree with the term hellishness because of the time I spent as a cashier the day after thanksgiving and the day after christmas.

joelwdonnal
Joelwdonnal  (Level: 117.9 - Posts: 268)
Fri, 23rd Nov '07 9:58 AM

I couldn't have said it better Ms. Marilyn, I think people as a whole have over emphasized the giving of gifts and forgotten about the birth of Christ. May God bless you and yours at this time of remembering the birth of his son.

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Fri, 23rd Nov '07 10:10 AM


I think the spirit of Christmas is best exemplified by my simple and elegant lawn display of Jesus riding Rudolph, with dramatic lighting.

donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Fri, 23rd Nov '07 10:16 AM

Don't forget the Virgin Mary in the inverted bathtub.

osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Fri, 23rd Nov '07 10:44 AM


Two teenagers insisted that we get up super early this morning to go the Millenium Mall in Orlando. I was really dreading it, especially since it appears that I'm coming down with the flu, but the girls each had about a hundred dollars burning holes in their pockets. I had pictured fighting immense crowds both in the parking lot and inside as well.

Anyway, I now recommend that anyone who wants the perfect day to visit the mall now plan on going on Black Friday. Much to our amazement, there was almost nobody there. We found no traffic on the roads, pulled directly up to a front row parking space, and entered the practically empty mall. There were no lines anywhere. If indeed this is the day that most businesses go into the black, I fear that it will not be true for the Orlando mall stores this year.

The girls spent their money within an hour, and I just dropped them off at Universal Studios amusement park. I stopped by a completely empty WalMart to grab some cat food, diet Cokes and Comtrex, and happily find myself back home and about to take a much needed nap.

What the heck happened to the hordes of shoppers?

Susan

larefamiliaris
Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Fri, 23rd Nov '07 10:49 AM

They're standing in Smaug's garden, awestruck.

chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Fri, 23rd Nov '07 11:11 AM

Came home from my Mom's last night at 11:00. We have a Best Buy right down the street. The line was wrapped around the building, some people had tents. The store didn't open til 5:00am. I can't FOR THE LIFE OF ME imagine what deal could be THAT great that I would wait outside in the freezing Chicago weather for over 8 hours.

Maybe they were giving stuff away, but I doubt it.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Fri, 23rd Nov '07 11:14 AM

I shop online. No lines for me. And not everyone is religious in the traditional sense. For some of us, Christmas is simply a time for family togetherness, sharing with others, and the magic of the season.

kravfighter
Kravfighter  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 563)
Fri, 23rd Nov '07 12:04 PM

I used to work for Target and I always thought Black Friday was called such because NO ONE got that day off. According to about.com:

"The origin of Black Friday comes from the shift to profitability during the holiday season. Black Friday was when retailers went from being unprofitable, or "in the red," to being profitable, or "in the black", at a time when accounting records were kept by hand and red indicated loss and black profit."


revdodd
Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Fri, 23rd Nov '07 1:06 PM

Actually, I thought it was just the day we flew down to Muswellbrook ....













... a leftover drumstick to the first person who grasps that one.

chyenn
Chyenn  (Level: 202.6 - Posts: 1332)
Fri, 23rd Nov '07 1:51 PM

Does anyone, other than myself, think it strange that in "wall street" lingo, "black" Monday referred to an unprofitable day while "black" Friday refers to profits? talk about doublespeak...geeesh!

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Fri, 23rd Nov '07 2:54 PM

"""Anyway, I now recommend that anyone who wants the perfect day to visit the mall now plan on going on Black Friday."""


This is extraordinarily bad data.

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 23rd Nov '07 2:57 PM

What Lodi said. If the holiday season was only about Jesus, it wouldn't be a holiday at all for a lot of people. The time of year also incorporates seasonal celebrations in other traditions. It's lovely to celebrate the birth of Jesus if that's your tradition, but winter festivals are much more than that, and much older than Jesus. It's an interesting fact that the whole reason the church set his birthday at that time was to piggyback (and eventually replace) seasonal celebrations already dear to the hearts of the people.

To me it's a time for family, friends and fellowship; a time to think about, cherish and tokenize with gifts the important relationships in each of our lives, and to celebrate fellowship and the hope of peace among all the families of humankind.

Pretty paper and ribbons, twinkly lights and gorgeous music, food and decorations are a part of the general hoopla that make it all special and fun for me. And given the state of the economy, if a few businesses make it into the black today, isn't that great?

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Fri, 23rd Nov '07 3:07 PM


Steely Dan

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Fri, 23rd Nov '07 3:21 PM

"Black Friday" is thankfully not used in the aforementioned context here. The only "Black Fridays" we have noted are days when bushfires have wiped out people and their homes, along with thousands of acres of bushland and animal habitat.

Like others, I deplore the commercialization of Christmas, and hate seeing it spelled "Xmas"; "X" being an unknown quantity, perhaps?

I must admit I laughed at Smaug's reply to this thread though......

~Bev


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