In the words of Facebook pundits, Black Friday "is the day people trample each other for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have." This year when many stores opened in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving and others started the Black Friday at 6 or 8 PM, the "thanks" had not even rolled off the lips of some people before the trampling began. Considering that we live in an online world, you could argue that Black Friday is more of a game that a necessity to get a "deal."
The Real Black Friday
Whether you think that Black Friday is an essential part of the holiday tradition or an unnecessary infringement on personal family time, there is another thing to think about. For many people in Louisville, celebrating Thanksgiving meant finding enough to eat for themselves and their family, not with positioning themselves to buy a 70 inch TV. Over the past three years, when the economy's been down and when people have been out of work, the need for food both at holidays and throughout the year has often outstripped the amount of donations. For many, the real black Fridays come toward the end of the month when the food runs out.
During this past week, organizations such as the Salvation Army, the Wayside Christian Mission, and St. Vincent de Paul prepared holiday dinners for needy families. Students and faculty from Sullivan University even prepared for the 20 40 pound turkeys, 400 pounds of mashed potatoes, 40 gallons of gravy, and 800 servings of macaroni and cheese to the Salvation Army Center of Hope.
More Holidays To Come
Now that Thanksgiving is over, we have officially acknowledged the start of the holiday season by lighting up a tree in downtown Louisville. In December, there will be a host of holiday-themed activities around town. Now that the season has officially morphed into Christmas and Hanukkah, the need that many families...