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Black Friday anyone?

December 1, 2011
Times Leader

Dear Editor:

Well, regardless of whether you're a Black Friday fanatic or not, it's difficult to avoid with all the ads that bombard our society. I mean who wouldn't love parking themselves in front of their favorite retail stores, sitting in lines miles long, until all hours of the morning, and then physically fighting their way through the store to get every last thing on their list?

That's one way to spend your Thanksgiving evening, but in actuality, it has become one of the most chaotic days in our country.

These days, people will literally do anything to get their hands on that prized toy and push everything else aside. Before we can even finish carving the turkey, everyone has grabbed their keys and is out the door on their way to the closest Wal-Mart. Don't get me wrong, the amount of money you can save on Black Friday is unbelievable, but has our society maybe taken Christmas shopping a little too far?

If you think about it, the Christmas season brings so much warmth and joy to everyone and makes you feel all fuzzy inside. Black Friday officially marks the start of the Christmas season and I don't know about you, but it doesn't quite strike me as that "warm and fuzzy" feeling.

As if it wasn't hectic enough, in the past few years Black Friday shopping has been taken to a whole new extreme. These parents are going far above and beyond the call of duty. You turn on the news and learn about shootings in parking lots, people being trampled by stampedes, and still others being pepper-sprayed. Really? Is this what our society has succumbed to? Our society is too concerned about getting that precious gift that no one will stop to help the man being trampled on by hundreds of people. Something is seriously wrong with our culture if we find this acceptable.

Maybe we all just need to take a step back and think for a moment; think about the real reason we're even celebrating such an amazing holiday.

We live in a society today where people have been killed over this chaos. Seriously, is this what we want the younger generations to be looking up to? It is so easy to get swept up in the swing of things and hustle and bustle of the holidays, but what our society really needs is a reality check.

So take a minute or two out of your day to stop and put things in perspective. It really won't be the end of the world if you don't buy that gift because, believe it or not, your child or friend will still love you. Don't ruin this special season by getting too caught up in the shopping aspect of the Christmas season and maybe, for once, realize the actual reason for the season. I wonder what baby Jesus would have to say about how our society has come to celebrate his birthday.

Michele Volk

Havertown Pa,

 
 

 

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