Steely Dan’s drug-influenced and quasi-prophetic song Black Friday loops through my head today. “When Black Friday comes,” sings Donald Fagin, “I’ll stand down by the door…I’ll collect everything I’m owed, and before my friends find out I’ll be on the road, When Black Friday falls.”
In Prepare Your Heart for a Great Christmas, we read:
… the media has dubbed the day after Thanksgiving “Black Friday.” Retailers hope for a successful shopping day to kick off the industry’s most lucrative time of the year. Black Friday is a fitting name in the retail world and the natural world as well. Many shoppers begin their preparations in the dark, either pre-dawn or earlier, and this time of year includes the longest nights and darkest days of our calendar.
Yet in this darkness, light displays twinkle in stores, parks, and on homes. The displays date back to a time when folks more closely in rhythm with the earth than we are noted the winter equinox.
Today I am grateful for this glimmer of light in the midst of darkness. I remember a truly Happy Thanksgiving Day, and look forward to time with my family today. My intentions are to be a joyous and loving presence in my family and to enjoy the day with them.