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Discussion in 'Forum for Polls' started by SaggyWoman, Nov 28, 2008.
Did you go shopping on Black Friday?
I do almost 100% of my shopping online.
Depends on the year. We are working on some home improvements this year - we will prolably have to go to home depot or lowes later today
We don't have a Black Friday in Canada, and the White women shop everyday.
I thought we were in a recession! I guess that is just for the wealthy folks.
What is Black Friday?
Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving when "everyone" goes shopping and therefore stores are now "in the black" rather than "in the red".
I may be dumb, but I ain't stupid! :smilewinkgrin:
I made one trip to the mall today, but that was to drop my taxi customer off. It was crowded! :wavey:
And miss me BBing? -- NO WAY!
I actually had to go pick up medications today, so, I "had" to go shopping. Yuch. It was after the rush.
I work on Black Friday, as a delivery driver (as is every day), and HATE the way some people drive! Therefore, I cannot and will not go shopping on Black Friday! (We had at least two alcohol-rekated collision deaths in our area on Black Friday -- the fresh snow did not help!).
Now that my rant is over, this year's "Black Friday" traffic was down considerably from what I remember the last few years. The lines were backed up for only three blocks instead of four! (Just kidding in one way. I have never tried to keep track about how many blocks. I CAN truthfully say that my average delivery time was longer than normal, but that is "normal" for Black Friday).
Dear Wife, on the other hand, left the house at 4 AM and got back at 8:30 PM. Yes, 16.5 hours of fellowship with different friends and family in the stores! I gotta love her, though!
Of course I shopped. I was at Wal MArt at 4:45 am. I only wanted a few things, but mom wanted most of her christmas from the 6 hour sale, she lives on a fixed income. So I had to do her shopping for her.
Jim, people need to shop no matter what, there are always itmes you need, and a lot of clothes were on sale really cheap, some cheraper then you can but used locally, not to mention, people are going to give gifts, which is one reason to shop black friday, cheaper gifts. I did miss out on some of what mom wanted, like kitchen appliances for only $4. B ut it was a mad house, biggest crowd I've ever encountered on black friday.
Got to KMart only 30 minutes after they opened, almost empty, almost no one shows up there for black friday. I did buy myself some new jeans(1 pair) at half price there though.
Since I don't "do Chrismas" in the first place (personal preference), I have no particular need of going shopping for Christmas items on Black Friday or any other day of the week.
Correct me if I'm wrong (That's been known to have happened once or twice. :smilewinkgrin: ), but if the avowed purpose of Christmas is to observe the coming of Jesus Christ to this earth [I don't care for the use of the expression "the birthday of Jesus Christ" because He's eternal in the first place.], then why is it that He seems to be the only one who doesn't receive gifts from us during this so-called season of gift giving?
I'm not saying it's wrong to give gifts to family and friends of you want to, but why do we give gifts to others and then turn around and forget to give any to the One whose coming to earth we say that we're observing in the first place?
Now the form in which one's gifts to Jesus can take on many different manifestations.
So many people (and even more so this year than in previous years) will go without food. Some of the money we spend on gifts to everyone but Jesus could go to a local food bank to help those who don't have food for themselves or ther families. ("I was hungered, and ye gave me meat," Mt. 25:35a).
So many people have little or no clothing for themselves or their families. Some of that money we spend on gifts to everyone but Jesus could go to buying some clothing for those who have none. ("Naked, and ye clothed me," Mt. 25:36a).
We live in a world full of "estranged" people. Some of the money we spend on gifts to everyone but Jesus could be spent ministering to those who have no family or friends (or at least not where they're currently living)--a college student who can't afford to see his family back home, a soldier who's far away from home, a family who was stranded because their car broke down on the street where you live, etc., etc. ("I was a stranger, and ye took me in, Mt 25:35c).
And, the really neat thing about of these kinds of gifts to Jesus is that you can give them to Him in any month of the year!!
But the best gift you can give to Jesus is none other than YOU!
"Then said I, Here am I; send me" Isaiah told the Lord (Isaiah 6:8).
Send me to that person who's sick in the hopsital with no visitors ("I was sick, and ye visited me," Mt. 25:36b).
Send me to that person who's in emotional or spiritual or, yes, even physical bondage because he/she is addicted to drugs or alcohol or whatever else is controlling his/her mind to the extent that they're imprisoned by these bondages ("I was in prison, and ye came to me," Mt. 25:36c).
There probably isn't anything wrong with some of the Christmas carols we supoposedly sing to Jesus this time of the year. OTOH, if it's His coming to earth that we claim to be observing at this time of the year, why not sing to Jesus a song I'm sure He'd love to hear from our lips:
"I surrender all, I surrender all. All to Thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all!"
(Thus ends my Christmas "devotion" for 2008.)
No way would I ever attempt shopping on Black Friday again. My one and only time I almost got run over by the mob!!!
The actual death toll in the US for yesterday is 3 at last count.
1 at a Wal-Mart store and 2 at Toys'R'Us.
A 34-year-old man got trampled to death by the shoppers when he opened the doors.
Toys'R'Us, 2 men got in a dispute over which one grabbed a wanted item first and they shot each other.
These are not jokes. They actually happened. I read it in the newspaper this morning.
If anyone wants proof, google it. I don't have the time, but both stories are true.
well, according to the other threads about black friday if you shop, or if you give gifts your a pagan worshipping a false god. But I wonder just how many of those people accepts gifts, cards, a plate of cookies at holiday time, instead of turning them down.
Is that something like if you are a socialist, you are a communist and an atheist?
Nope! About as far as I ever go on Black Friday is my back yard!
I voted "No," but I actually did do a little shopping from the comfort of my home on Amazon.com, which had some pretty good deals. I don't think I've ever gone shopping on Black Friday.
Yeppers! Had a good time, saw some folks I hadn't seen in a while, found a few bargains, almost finished buying Christmas and bought groceries since we only get paid once a month and "Black Friday" was payday! My children don't like it when I don't go grocery shopping on payday, since by that time my stocks are getting low. Funny how that works.
If'n that makes me 'godless', I'll just direct those who think so to the part of the Bible that says a man who refuses to take care of his own family is worse than an infidel.
Get real people, we have better things to do as Christians than call one another names over our SHOPPING HABITS! I'm thinking that there are certain self rightous folk on this board that need to apologize to the Lord for doing His job for Him (only the God knows what is in the heart of a man).
What is 'Black Friday'? Never heard of it over here.
As I said, I didn't do Black Friday but I did end up doing a little Cyber Monday....just can't handle the crowds on Black Friday.