Friday, November 28, 2008


"Black Friday took a grim turn when a Walmart employee in New York died after bargain hunters broke down the doors to the store.

The 34-year-old male employee was pronounced dead one hour after shoppers broke down the doors to the shopping center in Valley Stream, N.Y., and knocked him down at around 5 a.m. Friday, police said.

A 28-year-old pregnant woman was also taken in for observation and three other shoppers suffered minor injuries during the incident, police said."

Why? Why is it so important to ruin the holidays for that one low priced item? If you have to wait until the price drops on something, you probably don't need it anyway. Now a man is dead an three others were injured when shoppers couldn't wait to get into a store! Couldn't wait until the doors were actually opened? This needs to stop. Humans are more valuable than items even low priced ones. This is our world? killing people for stuff? Merry Christmas, huhn? Or rather Bah Humbug!

I am calling all Christians to come back to the reason for the season. I am calling all those who celebrate Christmas to think of others. I know I lamented my own inabilities to make G's Christmas sprakle-ie and bright. Thankfully she is not at the age to want and demand things; it is not her personality.

We can't keep up this materialistic view of Christmas or in general our lifestyles. Life is valuable. That 34 year old man had a family, he was a mother's son and now the day after Thanksgiving he is dead because people were so selfish and self interested they pushed the door in and killed him!! Nothing like a death to realize what this season should be about and that is life, family, and God (first). Even Hanukkah celebrates life and G-d's salvation in the saving of the Jews and restoring of the temple by the Maccabees.

Let's remember in all the stresses of this time the reasons we celebrate and say a prayer for this man's family through this time. If we didn't shop on Friday after Thanksgiving the stores wouldn't have a reason to rush on this day.


day by day said...

Oh, unbelievabley sad. I have worked for WM for 12 leaving to go there soon, actually. Working there this time of year is such a mental strain for me. People take the most beautiful celebration of all....the birth of our Savior and turn it into what you have just described. I see it every year and it breaks my heart. People just transform and it turns into a free for matter who they hurt along the way(verbally and physically). Do not get in the way of their bargain as it is far more important than who you may hurt to get it.

My heart is breaking for the associates that were hurt and the man who lost his life today...all for the sake of saving a few dollars. : (

It is this reason that I am not telling my kids about a Santa. I tell them that it is fun to visit with Ho Ho, but we do not worry about him...we keep Jesus in our minds this time of year. They will each get 3 gifts under the tree...for Mom and Dad to represent the 3 Wise Men. Some people do not understand this way of thinking....but your post is what I have to see daily(minus the death) and I will not allow my kids to grow up in this frame of mind.

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Dawn said...

I agree! It makes me sick how commercialism has taken over the spirit of the holiday season.

This year, Courtney Mei will be hand-making Christmas gifts to all of her Grandparents. And I think they'll appreciate her artwork more than a cheesy tie or gaudy Christmas sweater.


Kristy said...

This story has been on my heart all day, and I just have to ask is it really all worth saving 5 or 10 dollars??? It just breaks my heart.

Love, Kristy

Kelly And Allison said...

Couldn't agree more. The holidays are being commercialized so much it is just not right. We are asking our relatives not to send gifts this year, just a family photo. Our kids don't need another toy, but needs memories.

Vivian M said...

Amen! The holidays were never intended to be about materialism or greed, or getting "stuff". Some people have lost sight of what really is important, or the true meaning and reason we celebrate. Thank you for the reminder. My heart goes out to the employee's loved ones, and all who were hurt.