From Nov. 24 until the ringing in of the New Year, I find that it truly is the most wonderful time of the year.
With the exception of one day.
Black Friday is the most dreadful time of the year.
I fully realize that it has almost become an economic barometer for the country, but at what cost?
This year, people were robbed at gunpoint, walked over (no, I mean literally walked over — people stepped on top of other people) and even pepper sprayed by those looking for a cheap deal on an item that they may have not bought if it were not on sale.
The crazy part about the whole phenomenon of Black Friday is that it gets worse every year, because the best YouTube videos come from people behaving badly on Black Friday.
And now, Black Friday is morphing into dark gray Thursday. There were stores that were offering deals on Thanksgiving night. Are you kidding me? This has become such a big deal that we now have to extend the most commercial of commercial holidays (be honest, that is what Black Friday has basically become) into an actually holiday that may very well be considered one of the most sacred?
Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and to be grateful to God (yeah, I said it, but I also think the whole Obama thing is being blown just a wee bit out of proportion — okay, way out of proportion) for what we have as a family. It’s a day to reflect, spend time with loved ones and get away from the world. It’s not a time to give thanks to the advertisements for showing you what you could have but probably don’t need, to reflect on what stores and Internet websites you are going to hit first and get away to Plattsburgh because the stores are opening at midnight.
Keith Lobdell is the editor of the Valley News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org