When I first came to the US I didn't understand Thanksgiving at all. (I had actually never heard of it.) Now I appreciate the concept - not to mention getting a holiday - but Black Friday still puzzles me.
The first time I heard "Black Friday" I thought the nation was in mourning over something historical, but I couldn't figure out what. Then hubby explained that it's the day most retailers' numbers get in the black. That's sad. They've run the entire year up until now with a loss? Wow.
Last night I saw a Black Friday commercial on TV. It was a choir dressed in Christmasy clothes, singing, "Go, go, go, go, go, shop, shop, shop shop."
So, the entire nation spends one day being thankful for what they have, and then they go out in the middle of the night to fight with other people to buy more stuff.
Go, Go, Go, Go, Go, Shop, Shop, Shop, Shop...
I'm not going, and I'm not buying, but I am thankful. In the spirit of giving something back, Touch of the Goddess is free for Kindle all Thanksgiving holiday until Sunday.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! May your holiday be wonderful and special. May your food be delicious, your friends and family peaceful and loving, and every traveller kept safe.