The Black Sheep of Black Friday

You’ll have to forgive me, but honestly, I’m feeling a little like the Cindy Lou Who of Thanksgiving today.

Our gratefulness lives shorter each year as Americans. We move our deal shopping time forward from 5 am to midnight because, well, you can never start trampling people too early for the deals.

You know I love deals. It’s not the deals that bother me. It’s the attitude behind the deals.

It’s the forced marketing that drives our nation to spend money we don’t have.

 It’s the inability to say yes to delayed gratification because the delay is so inconvenient.

The outlook that says:

“Ok, I’m finished giving thanks; that is so yesterday. On with the instant gratification. On with American fulfillment.”

Yet we continue on wondering why we are not happy. One of ten US adults report depression.  Our Thanksgiving is so short-lived, that eventually it turns non-existent. The drive for more, the constant itch to satisfy our every whim of material goods, pushes our thankfulness further into the corner- one select day a year where we stuff ourselves to the point of engorgement and heave a small sigh of thankfulness under our breaths.

Do you think that maybe, just maybe the tree of dissatisfaction is grounded in ungratefulness and rooted in thanklessness?

Could we possibly be searching shelves for deals and standing in lines for gain, only to return home with empty hearts?

Did you know that in the middle of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln declared a national day of Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 26, 1863? Yes, in the middle of war.

And that Thanksgiving was originally not about turkey or stuffing or fluffing up the sales but it was, according to Wikipedia:

The event that Americans commonly call the “First Thanksgiving” was celebrated to give thanks to God for guiding them safely to the New World.

Maybe I am the black sheep of black friday.

And yes, I left the caps off on purpose;

it’s not a holiday.

I just have to ask, in my very best Cindy Lou Who voice:

Perhaps there is more to Thanksgiving than we give credit for?



  1. says

    Rachel, I so appreciate your writing this — it was great and very well said. I’m not a black friday shopper for the very reasons you pointed out, plus I feel claustrophobic just thinking about all those shopping crowds and lines. May God bless you and your family, and your writing!

  2. says

    Wow, This was really good. I couldn’t agree more. I can’t imagine wanting a deal so badly that I’d pepper spray my fellow shoppers for it! I’ve learned that the discontent really is rooted in unthankfulness. I’m not speaking from some posh circumstances either. We’re in foreclosure right now. But I’m still thankful. :-)

    • Rachel Wojnarowski says

      Kimberly, That is so awesome that you are thankful in spite of circumstances. I prayed for you and yours just now; God is good all the time!

  3. says

    Well said Rachel. I personally find it disgusting that each year the so called “shopping holiday” encroaches more and more on a day of national Thanksgiving that should focus our attention on our blessings – not our possessions…

    Come visit my post about what Thanksgiving should be a reflection on – .