As I write this blog, we are well past Black Friday. But have you ever wondered why they call it Black Friday? I mean, hasn't this year been dark enough!? And according to some...... we are heading into a dark winter!!!
According to www.thebalance.com, the Friday after Thanksgiving is one of the most profitable days of the year for retailers and businesses. Because accountants use black to signify profit in their daily book entries (and red to indicate loss), the day became known as Black Friday; or the day when retailers see positive earnings and profits “in the black.”
How did you “celebrate” Black Friday? Did you go to a mall or a department store? Did you do some online shopping? Did you visit a small business? Our town has some adorable shops filled with boutique clothing and quality childrens’ toys. I frequent them often- and Lord knows they need all the “BLACK” they can get right now!
Our Black Friday this season pretty much summed up the entire year. Our 3 year old got car sick while traveling, and vomited everywhere! Our plans changed. Although the plans changed, and we were stressed, we finished the day on a positive note. We got a jumpstart on some family traditions and brought light to a dark day.
What are some of your traditions? We decorate our tree, bake cookies, read Christmas books, watch Christmas movies, buy matching pajamas, make gingerbread houses and go see Santa. We also eagerly await the return of our family’s magical elf. The good news is that we've been able to do all of these customs in the middle of a pandemic!
In addition to the above, we try to bless others. A lot of people are hurting right now. Find ways to reach out. Maybe you can sponsor a child/family in need. Pack a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child. Send a card. Make a phone call. Deliver a meal. Support a small business. Pray. Whatever it is, LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE. Show others this Christmas season that you care. Life is hard. Point them to Christ. Remind them that Christmas isn't about Santa. It's about a SAVIOUR who came to earth to give us the greatest gift of all time!
In John 8:12 Jesus said, “ I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” My hope is in Christ. I hope yours is too. It doesn't have to be a dark winter. I'm going to choose Jesus. I'm going to choose family. I'm going to choose others. Our future is BRIGHT!