The Christmas season is upon us. 'd like to attribute this obvious discovery to the smell of pine in the air as trees are made ready for decorating.
Or perhaps, my day after Thanksgiving revelation is courtesy of the smell of gingerbread cookies baking in the oven.
But sadly, the aroma is neither of these traditional holiday smells, nor is it a fragranted seasonal candle, or even the scent of a Santa Claus coat removed from the moth balls and shaken out for the first time in a year.
No, this year's Christmas was rung in with the smell of pepper spray lingering in the air. That's what one crazy shopper carried with her as she went out in search of Christmas clout early Friday morning. And she used it too in order to secure the necessary items for her cart.
All too often that's what Christmas has become for so many. Black Friday, and all its promise of great deals, has turned bargain shoppers into a bunch of frenzied morons. Pushing, shoving, stealing in some cases - all in the name of scoring that big bargain - to help celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ in the right fashion.
The idea that we try to exhibit good will toward our fellow man for at least a month is thrown out the window in exchange for "Christian" celebrators who are far more committed to keeping up with the technological Joneses than they are to living their professed values.
Perhaps some might argue that those reveling in the Christmas deals aren't Christian at all - they are simply crashing our party so they don't feel left out. Rather hypocritical wouldn't you say? Non-believers taking advantage of deals marketed directly to Christmas celebrants is kind of dirty pool, is it not? Especially if you wrap it up and and wait to hand it out until Dec. 25. I guess that's between you .... and .... well, whoever.
You can have your Black Friday and the associated early morning shopping hype. No deal is worth treating your fellow human being poorly, at least not if you profess to be a true Christian. I'll just wait a few hours, or a few days, or to the last minute if it means I don't have to go out there and play bumper carts with witless maniacs who are willing to temporarily trade the person they were called to be for a $40 savings on a new 3D TV.
Please try and remember why we celebrate in the first place. Then ask yourself, what would Jesus do if faced with the deal devils who throw elbows rather than blessings on Black Friday.