Answer: The history of Black Friday began in 1966. This is when a story appeared in an ad in The American Philatelist. The Philadelphia Police Department used the name to describe the traffic jams and crowding in the downtown stores.
Black Friday has been the unofficial beginning of the Christmas season since the 1930s. In fact, President Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving up a week during the Great Depressionbecause retailers wanted an extra week of shopping revenue. This pleased retailers, but irritated shoppers, who had to change plans.
In 2008, Black Friday sales fell 3.4% from the year before, the first time since the National Retail Federation began tracking in 1992. The 2009 holiday shopping season was only up .4%, to $437.02 billion. The NRF predicts a 2.3% increase for the 2010 shopping season.
THAT IS A LOT OF MONEY!
Don’t let your holidays be ruined by
becoming the victim of a crime.
Unfortunately, not everyone out there
has a peace-on-earth-goodwill-toward-men
attitude at this time of year.
So what else is there to say? A Lot! This is some highlights of the last year’s Black Friday “Good Times”
The first known fatality occurred at a Wal-Mart in Secaucus, New Jersey, a woman repeatedly stabbed a man with a kitchen knife taken from the housewares section to prevent him from buying the last Xbox 360. Another sad incident transpired at a Tucker, Georgia Toys R Us. One woman bludgeoned another to death with a baseball bat over an American Girl doll. She was heard yelling at her victim, “hasta la vista, baby.” Cars were overturned and set on fire in Chicago, while a security guard was beaten to death by an angry mob in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The first of these incidents involved a DVD player priced at $17.95, and the second was touched off by the Xbox 360. In Columbus, Ohio a shortage of Star Wars toys had shoppers at wit’s end when someone yelled, “they’ve got some over here!” A stampede ensued. Four were left trampled. In Glendale, California, two men fighting over an electronic toy called a Roboraptor knocked over several shelves full of merchandise causing thousands of dollars in destruction.
There is something terribly wrong with this! This is only in one year think about all the horrible stuff that has happened in the years past! People are running out to the stores and spending all their money on JUNK and if they can’t get what they want they murder or injury other people for materialistic things! They stand in lines for HOURS no matter what the weather conditions to spend all their money, but yet you can’t pay them to come to a church where they can just walk in the doors and sit down, get spiritually fed, and not have to worry about being stabbed or trampled!
Here is a little something that the Bible says about this:
Exodus 20:3 NLT
“Do not worship any other gods besides me.
Matthew 16:26 NLT
And how do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul in the process? Is anything worth more than your soul?
Please Folks Hear What I Am Saying!
As I mentioned earlier, you can’t even pay people to go to church and they are killing each other and getting killed over a $20.00 toy. That is what you call idolatry, which in common English is the worship of idols or false gods. Are these things worth losing your life over or your soul over? Of course not!
Dr. Janis Thayne of Brandine University, a noted psychology expert, was asked for her take on all this. “It is a product of our materialistic consumer society,” said Dr. Thayne. “We have been told by TV, radio, Hollywood and others around us that we must buy the love of our family and the esteem of our friends in the form of tangible gifts each December, or we risk finding ourselves unloved and abandoned in January. We feel doubly obliged to recreate a storybook holiday for children that we think we remember from our childhood, but never really existed outside of movies.
With all this said I pray that you had a safe Black Friday, and I pray that this post will give you a new perspective on this day next year. Remember God ALWAYS comes first, Jesus is the reason why we celebrate “CHRIST”mas, and no matter what you do BE SAFE!