Oh Come All Ye Faithful

1 Dec

Well, it turns out that Black Friday wasn’t so black this year! That’s because Blackened Thursday has been eating into its sales. Which leaves the door open for Charcoal Saturday (the Saturday before Christmas) to take the shopping sales championship this year. Wow! This could be the year of the big upset. Black Friday hasn’t lost the sales championship since…who can remember?

It seems as though we now have more days dedicated to frenzied shopping each year than we have religions, let alone religious holidays. Which begs the question what is it that we truly believe in? The concrete, tangible, material dollar that we toil and trouble for almost every day of our lives or the ephemeral, abstract, yet faithful belief in a deity?

And why do we seem to tie the two to one another so…religiously? I wonder if religions calculated the amount of time they devote to raising money compared to the amount of time they devote to the worship of God, what the score would be?

In 2013, approximately 141 million U.S. consumers shopped during Black Friday, spending a total of $57.4 billion. According to Forbes, All told, Americans spend upwards of 1 trillion dollars each year shopping for stuff other than necessities. In 2013 we spent 7.4 billion dollars on Halloween alone (another religious holiday in origin)

However in 2013 Americans did give over 335 billion dollars to charity… That’s about 6 Black Fridays of spending or one third of what we spend on buying other things. Well, if we can’t take it with us. We might as well have faith in what all that money can buy while we’re here…I suppose?

So Happy Holidays! And God bless us, everyone.

5 Responses to “Oh Come All Ye Faithful”

  1. TamrahJo December 1, 2014 at 4:12 am #

    The stampedes, trampling, mindless purchasing gets a lot of media – but all across America, there are many who choose to gift wisely, purchase from local small business owners, take advantage of sales for things they already planned on purchasing, anyways, and remember to be patient in the line, friendly to other drivers in a packed parking lot and step up to pay when the person in front of them at the grocery store is 6.17 short of paying their bill -have watched and witnessed and reminds me that this season is when we try to be a little nicer – a little more generous – and if we can only maintain one day a year – well. at least it’s a start – – šŸ™‚ Wishing you a Happy Holiday season – from Christmas decorations in stores before Halloween to the blizzard in January – šŸ™‚

  2. makagutu December 1, 2014 at 5:54 am #

    Happy holidays

  3. A Voice December 1, 2014 at 10:20 am #

    “In 2013, approximately 141 million U.S. consumers shopped during Black Friday, spending a total of $57.4 billion. […] However in 2013 Americans did give over 335 billion dollars to charity[.]”

    We didn’t, arguably, work toward fixing integral structures within this country from bridges to education but we did give money to charity. I’m not contending that we can’t do anything for anyone unless our little corner of the world is a shining beacon and perfect, rather I’m pointing to the incongruity of how we go about doing what we do when so much needs to be fixed.

    Between what the country gives in aid to others, what corporations given and what individuals give, it just doesn’t make sense. We’ll give food-aid to war-torn countries but won’t work to improve the reality of hunger in our own country. We’ll have Wal-Mart make million dollar donations but still pay workers a terrible wage. We’ll have individuals refuse to give donations to St. Jude because they claim to be unable to afford it yet buy cigarettes, or we’ll have individuals donate money for a hospital wing but won’t subsidise a food pantry.

    What the actual fuck?

  4. cllgarrison December 1, 2014 at 5:29 pm #

    It is really backwards to think about how “Jesus is the reason for the season” yet we are a bunch of greedy assholes who have to have the next big thing this holiday season! Isn’t that a little contradictory?

  5. avwalters December 1, 2014 at 6:31 pm #

    I sit out the consumer frenzy. Since the objective of gift-giving is to honor the recipient, our family limits gifts to items one has made oneself. This way, the gift giving burden is lighter and the gifts are more thoughtfully tailored to the person receiving.

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