Posts Tagged ‘Black Friday’

As many of you will be aware I’ve been off work on sick leave for a number of weeks. As I’ve been unable to do very much I’ve found myself watching TV programmes which I wouldn’t normally watch. What I’ve noticed though in the last two or three weeks is that the focus of the adverts in between programmes has changed – Not only it is now adverts about Christmas, Black Friday deals and bargains but nearly every second advert is one highlighting either people or animals in need of our help by giving a donation to their charity.

While I understand that charities need the public to donate to them so they can continue their work, but really, does there need to be quite so many of these adverts on all day, it really is very depressing. Please don’t think I don’t care about these charities, as that’s not the case – it’s depressing for two reasons:

  • No matter how much I may want to give to each and every charity, there’s no way I can support them all, but they all have an uncanny way of making me feel guilty if I don’t donate!
  • The adverts highlight just how much need there is in this world, and how many awful people there are who are cruel or abusive to people and animals.

Each of these adverts show shocking images of children, adults and animals who’ve been abused or neglected – All designed to pull at our heart-strings and persuade us to donate to their cause. How I wish this world was a better place where no one is abused, homeless, alone, or hungry.

So while these charity adverts are a hard watch, and make me feel guilty, it does remind me of all those who are far less fortunate than I am.

If each of us could give what we can to the charities/causes that we feel are most in need of our help, we can make a difference, and help make this world a better place.

Yes, know last Friday was Black Friday not today…or was it?

Well I guess if we’re talking about commerce, shopping and savings, yes, last Friday was definitely Black Friday. However there is another Black Friday which comes round once a year…but this one is not a Christmas time…

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Eternal savings! Wow! That’s a fantastic offer isn’t, but what must we give in return?

Christ gave his all for us on Black Friday, Easter Friday, and simply asks that we give Him our all in return.

No it’s not Christmas I’m talking about (although that is only a few weeks away now!), it is in fact Black Friday!

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Black Friday, a day that has started to take on huge significance in the lead up to Christmas in the UK in the last few years, having being “copied” from America. It may be something that’s just come into prominence in the last couple of years, but what an impact it’s had!

On Black Friday many retailers, both in our high streets and on-line, slash their prices on many items including high ticket price items giving the consumers the opportunity to get huge bargains on one day only!

So have you been caught up in the Black Friday frenzy? Have you tried all you could to get that must-have deal, or have you just had a look to see if there#s been something there for you without being too bothered one way or another, or have you refused to get drawn into Black Friday?

Whether your ready to spend big or just look for a few bargains, please make sure you don’t over extend yourself financially, as just because something is a bargain doesn’t mean you have to buy it – Only buy it if you can afford it!

What 3 things are you looking forward to before the end of this year, and why?

For me my 3 things are (in no particular order):

  • Holidays…i.e. No work – I’ve got 10 days holidays left to use! I don’t think I need to say anymore do I?!
  • Spending Christmas Day with my family
  • Christmas presents – I love giving presents and seeing the expressions of the receivers face when they see what they’ve been given

So that’s the 3 things I’m looking forward to, but what 3 things am I least looking forward to in the next few weeks, and why?

For me my 3 things are (in no particular order):

  • The weather! – We’ve had so much snow and freezing conditions in the last week, that I don’t want any more.
  • Going back to work after my holiday! – I don’t think anyone likes going back to work after time off, and I’m no different.
  • Shopping – I hate going shopping at the best of times, but I detest it even more at this time of year as the shops are so busy and the queues are so long
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Let’s hope the next few weeks are full of joy and happiness for us all and that even the things we’re not looking forward to turn out to be not as bad as we’d feared.