Today has become known as “Black Friday,” which seems a terrible name for a happy time of year. The traditional kick-off to the Christmas shopping season is losing some of its luster as holiday sales begin ever earlier, encroaching even into Thanksgiving Day itself. Still, there’s no question that if you find yourself in a store today, you will not be alone. The late arrival this year of Thanksgiving means fewer shopping days before Christmas, adding a little extra urgency to the shopping frenzy.
Gift-giving is as much a joy for the giver as the receiver. But we shouldn’t let it take over the meaning of the season. Remember to take time for thoughtfulness and worship, for renewing friendships and familial connections. Remember also the less fortunate.
We wish all our readers a safe, healthy and joyous holiday season.