How do we keep Black Friday from Destroying Thanksgiving?

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ISSUE BEING DISCUSSED FOR Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Thanksgiving Day should be about God and family, not shopping.  But Black Friday is now creeping into Thanksgiving.  This is an example of how “frenetic intemperance” breaks down the natural tempering influence of family life on our economy.  How do we turn the tide?

  • ChristopherPWendt

    I think we should create a national campaign next year, a pledge if you will, that says that I promise to not do any shopping on Thanksgiving and to try to spend the day in gratitude to Almighty God with friends and family.

  • Did any society, in any other time in history, rely on its police force to keep shoppers from killing each other to grab hold of some sort of ephemeral plastic TV screen?  I’m curious to know.

  • gji

    The frenzy exhibited on Black Friday is a paten example of how Frenetic Intemperance is practiced on the part of sellers and buyers. Unscrupulous sellers will do anything to make a dollar and unscrupulous buyers do anything for a bargain. While the rule of money dominates our corrupt society, there will be no change until good elites correspond and set the example using the legitimate and good prestige of their status. Now all we see are pseudo and bad elites setting the example of behavior such as the rubbish from hollywood, rock stars and the novo rich, none of which know how to influence public opinion for the good.

  • Some call Black Friday the “feastday of frenetic intemperance.”   Anxious shoppers let family members eat the pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving Dinner to race out to Walmart to get 25% off the latest computer screen.   I like the idea of asking people to NOT celebrate the “feastday of frenetic intemperance” by making a pledge to stay home with God and family on Thanksgiving.

  • Besides a national campaign to promise not to do any shopping on Thanksgiving, I think it would be good to target those major retailers who seem to think they need a few extra hours to get their bottom line in the black. Years ago, Franklin Delano Roosevelt moved the traditional date of Thanksgiving up one week to accomodate the wishes of retailers. (  What a disaster!!  “Franklin Roosevelt observed Thanksgiving on the second
    to last Thursday of November for two more years, but the amount of public
    outrage prompted Congress to pass a law on December 26, 1941, ensuring that
    all Americans would celebrate a unified Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday
    of November every year” Why not ask those retailers who think a few more hours being open is such a good thing to consider the good of the country and the tradition of Thanksgiving be respected? Hit them with a petition asking them to stay closed on Thanksgiving. The good will they could generate by announcing publicly their intention to respect Thanksgiving would go a long way to helping curb the Frenetic Intemperance writ large at this time of year.

  • wcam

    Newspaper and media outlets would give more attention to this frenetic buying on Thanksgiving Day because of the copious amount of income from advertising revenue. What would help more would be if everyone would take the time to write a letter to the editor in their local newspaper explaining the benefits for family and society by not shopping on the holidays. This would help to launch an organic reaction from the grassroots up. This may even lead to the formation of small local groups of people who share the same concerns to meet on a monthly bases for further actions on other conservative issues.  

  • Charles Laczkskie

    Since Thanksgiving is a holiday and not a holy day, we need to think should there be more emphasis on Whom we are giving thanks to and for what blessing?  It would change the idea of the occasion.  If we continue to celebrate early America and the first Thanksgiving in a laicist manner, we cannot give rise to the Eternal Truth and the real reason that we  show thanks to God for all His Bounty showered on this country of ours.We need to resurrect our Christian principles with traditions and customs.  

    Remember Thanksgiving started  in Europe.  After the harvest, the farmers would attribute to the good harvest the thanks to St. Martin of Tours.  Hence, we had Martin’s goose, and Martin’s wine.  These were Catholic customs that were brought here.  It was difficult to hunt or raise the necessary geese so the early Americans supplemented the Martin’s geese with Wild Turkeys.  If Thanksgiving came from these customs, it would be customary to have Mass on Thanks-giving day, and then the fruits of the harvest and remembering St. Martin, and Our Creator.

  • backtrails

    Growing up as a kid in Louisville,
    Kentucky, in the 1950’s & 1960’s, I remember the battle over eliminating
    the “Blue Laws” that prohibited retail stores from doing business on Sunday’s.  The arguments by the merchants & their
    supporters were that other surrounding states were already doing this, thus
    causing a lost revenue & income to merchants & to the Commonwealth of  Kentucky & of course the convenience this
    would provide to those who could not shop on other days of the week.  Sound familiar?  The legislatures eventually buckled & we
    got what we asked for, though not what we wanted. 

    With this surrender of Sunday as a
    day of rest, a day set aside for God, we made Sunday like any other day of the
    week, from a financial perspective.  The
    devastating results are all around us today with the loss of family unity &
    cohesiveness, those now “required” to work on Sunday if they want to retain
    their jobs, & most significantly, our overall failure to set aside time for
    God in our hectic lives today, any day of the week. 

    We have commercialized Christmas to
    the extent that it can now only be referred to as a “holiday” if we want to
    remain politically correct & now we are proceeding with the elimination of
    the rest of our national holidays & holy days, one at a time, with “Black
    Friday” now becoming “Black Thursday” as well, & the loss of everything
    that we hold sacred being succumbed to a Wal-Mart society that orients
    everything to the cheapest common denominator, including our lives.

  • Kevin Ritchie

    When values are despised, everything can be commercialized. Then
    Christmas, the great mystery of the Incarnation becomes a soulless holiday and
    Thanksgiving Black Thursday.


    We just can’t be in denial anymore; the way we live morally
    affects everything else, including the economy. The current financial crisis has
    at its foundation a moral crisis.


    This insanity which degrades not just Thanksgiving but also
    the true spirit of Christmas is a manifestation of this crisis which is putting
    aside honor and temperance. 

  • I think we should take first things first. Let’s start a prayer chain and get all of our friends in on it. We need to go straight to our Lady and our Lord. Now not later. Later may be too late. 

  • Francis Slobodnik

    We have to be aggressive in response to this aggressive attack on what remains of Christian Civilization.  We have to openly proclaim and defend what Thanksgiving and Christmas are all about.  For Thanksgiving, get the family together to pray thanking God for His blessings, turn the tv off, discourage cell phones.  Plan wholesome activities for family members.  Our family plays cards and board games and everyone has a very enjoyable time being together and engaging in conversation.  For Christmas put out an outside Christmas display, or place a well lit nativity scene in front of a window, or a Christmas star, go Christmas caroling, invite family and friends over with the theme being Christmas with beautiful Christmas Carols in the background, the creche prominently displayed, Christmas books laid out on the table, use lighting that creates a kind of sacral ambience, prepare Christmas cookies or some other sweet for friends and neighbors with a big Merry Christmas displayed in a prominent place, use address and gift tags that expresses the true spirit of Christmas.  Don’t forget to say Merry Christmas wherever you go!  These may sound like small things, but if many do even these little things it can help turn the tide.  Don’t let the opposition win by default.