The above video shows Wal-Mart customers fighting over telephones that were on sale Friday with the start of the Christmas shopping season. They probably weren’t typical, but neither were they unusual. Click on Wal-Mart’s Black Friday 2012 for more examples. I don’t know who coined the term “Black Friday” for the first shopping day after Thanksgiving, but I’m sure it must have been a department store employee.
Long before there were Black Friday sales, the reformer Upton Sinclair had this to say about the shopping season.
Many friends of mine regard the Christmas season as, not exactly an ordeal but a stressful time they have to get through, rather than a time of rejoicing, let along a Christian religious feast. What went wrong? Was it when Santa Claus and his presents displaced the baby Jesus in the manger as the central Christmas figure?
Or is there something about Black Friday and the Christmas shopping scene that I misunderstand?
Click on C.S. Lewis on Christmas (and Xmas) for the thoughts of the great Christian writer.
Click on When Black Friday Comes for Rod Dreher’s thoughts.
Click on Upton Sinclair wiki for Sinclair’s Wikipedia biography.