The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Dateline: student newspaper

By: Zachary McCoy

File Under: black friday, holidays, shopping

It’s that time of year again. That magical time where as a community and country we get together to celebrate what matters most. We will all sit down to a warm Thanksgiving meal and talk about what is most important to us in life: getting great deals this year on Black Friday.

I myself am a veteran of five Black Fridays. To me it really symbolizes what the holiday season is all about for most of us: shopping.

I love to walk the aisles of Target on that special evening watching haggard mothers fight for the last Batman Lego set. I smile gleefully as two grown men yell at a sales attendant who is assuring them that they can get the 70’ flat screen TV but they will have to order it in later.

Watching the dedicated customers of Best Buy camp outside year after year truly warms the place my heart would be if I had one. They are away from all those pesky people who love and care about them in order to get the door buster: a marked down 32G purple iPod.

Yet, there are some who would say that this special holiday is overshadowed by lesser ones such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Kwanza, and Cyber Saturday. I disagree. Those holidays are fun but do you stand in line for five hours in the bitter cold to sit around a set of lights with your close friends and family? Of course not! Where is the benefit? I’ll tell you where: nowhere.

So this holiday season, celebrate what really matters to us as a culture: consumerism, screwing other’s over in order to get what we want, and buying senseless things to entertain ourselves that people suffered immensely to make for us in other countries for little pay.

Happy holidays.