Black Friday? What is Christmas All About?

Black Friday is here. Shoppers will go crazy. A lot, emphasis on A LOT, of money will be spent. People will get up way too early or even not sleep the night before just to try to get that deal. And don’t get me started on those stores that open on Thanksgiving??????

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What are my plans? Help a friend and then stay home and relax. I never go shopping on Black Friday.

My students often ask me why we call it Black Friday. I explain to them that before there were computers, when people recorded things by hand, they used black ink for money coming in and red ink for money going out. That is why in business they use the phrase in the black.

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Businesses want to be in the black not in the red. In the black, they made a profit. In the red, they lost money. So with Black Friday traditionally being the start of Christmas shopping, stores and manufacturers hope for a robust four weeks of shopping.

It interests me the way different colors are used in different cultures. For example, in many countries people wear black or dark colors to funerals, but in some Asian countries they wear white to funerals.

Sometimes I think shopping on Black Friday would be the death of me. 🙂

My favorite college football team colors are red and white. The chant at the stadium today will be- Go Big Red.

Where is this rambling post about colors going? God uses colors to communicate meaning to us. In Isaiah 1:18 we see:

“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”

The reason we have Christmas is to celebrate and remember God becoming a human baby when Jesus-God the Son- was born. He was born as a baby to grow to be a man so he could die for our sins. By trusting in him and his death for us, our sins that are like scarlet become white as snow in God’s eyes. That is the real meaning of Christmas.

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So if you must torture yourself with shopping on this day to find that perfect gift just so your little ones can play in and be fascinated by the box the toy came in, go ahead and go shopping. But while you shop, remember why we have Christmas. It might help you to not lose your mind while out about the crowds. 🙂

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

24 thoughts on “Black Friday? What is Christmas All About?

  1. Amen to that! People have definitely lost the true meaning of Christmas. It’s a real shame that stores were open yesterday on Thanksgiving. I used to work retail and I don’t miss it. Praying people realize that Jesus is the reason for the season and they would come to know Him. God bless sir!

  2. WOW! I just learned a lot from this post!!!!
    I even read it to my older sister and she was glad to finally learn some of the history behind Black Friday. I like to stay put too! 😉 Don’t want to end up in a bad situation!
    Today is actually a Family Fun Day for us! 🙂

  3. Yeah, I don’t go out in the crowds! No, thank you! I’d rather stay at home and spend some time with Jesus. It’s much more peaceful. 😊

  4. I’m with you big brother. No black shopping for me either….I decided to start my morning like you do, listening to worship music in the stillness of the morning. Usually I would just sit here with my 2 cats beside me while my husband is still asleep in bed, and I would be letting the Holy Spirit guide me in my prayers for other people. However, since I’ve been reading your blog, you had mentioned how you start your days out with worship music. Listening really draws me closer to Him and will help cultivate more compassion for others in my intercession. Thank you for being a conduit of Gods Love for others and being that example we can aspire to even in the most adverse situations. You remind me of Paul the Apostle to the Lord Jesus Christ.
    Sending Gods blessings to you this day Matt. Relax and rest in His Love. 🎶🙏❤

  5. I am like you. The caribbean do not celebrate thanksgiving but the merchants cash in on black friday. I have heard many stories about the origin of the name black friday. Two of the them are: They used to sell slaves after thanksgiving, hence the name balck friday and the second is that it was due to a depression in the USA and sales went down (can’t remember the year). Anyway, what do you think? True or false?

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