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Honor God Not Mammon On Thanksgiving
The Christian Diarist ^ | November 24, 2013 | JP

Posted on 11/24/2013 8:05:17 AM PST by CHRISTIAN DIARIST

There was a time in this nation’s history when merchants had proper respect for Thanksgiving, a holy day our Founding Fathers set aside “to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor,” as President George Washington proclaimed in 1789.

Until 1939, merchants dared not even kickoff the end of year shopping season until well after Thanksgiving for fear they would be accused of defiling a day sacred to the nation’s Christian faithful.

Not until 1939 would merchants totally commercialize the season between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Indeed, they wouldn’t even advertise the shopping season – reminding Americans how many days left until Christmas – until after Thanksgiving Day, for fear of accusations of defiling a holy day for the nation’s Christian faithful.

The change occurred when Fred Lazurus Jr., founder of Federated Department Stores, the forerunner of Macy’s, successfully lobbied President Franklin Roosevelt to move Thanksgiving up a week to give the nation’s retailers more time to peddle their dry goods before Christmas.

By the early 1960s, the day after Thanksgiving came to be known as “Black Friday,” the unofficial start of the profanely secularist holiday shopping season; during which Mammon is worshipped, and Jesus Christ, the reason for the season, is an afterthought to the retail money changers.

Now, in 2013, merchants aren’t even waiting until Black Friday to get the holiday selling and buying started. Their doors will be open, their cash registers ringing this upcoming Thursday, which, as Abraham Lincoln said in 1863, should be “set apart” as a day of “Thanksgiving and praise for our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”

What particularly outrages are the buckraking retailers who dare to suggest they are performing some sort of public service by opening on Thanksgiving.

“As part of our commitment to helping parents fulfill kids’ wishes as they check off the items on their lists, we’re providing a unique opportunity for Rewards ‘R’ Us members to snap up a selection of Thanksgiving Weekend deals one day early,” said Peter Reiner, Senior Vice President for Toys ‘R’ Us.

“This year, we’re adding to the anticipation and excitement around Black Friday shopping with a sweepstakes that could change an Old Navy’s shopper’s life overnight,” said Stefan Larsson, Old Navy Global President, promising that one lucky shopper will become an “Overnight Millionaire.”

“Wal-Mart associates are really excited to work that day,” said Mac Naughton, Executive Vice President of Walmart.

What’s noteworthy about the remarks by Reiner, Larrson and Naughton that not one of them explicitly stated that their stores would be open on Thanksgiving Day.

Reiner said Rewards ‘R’ Us parents would be able snatch up a selection of toys for their kids “one day early,” which means one day before Black Friday, which means Thanksgiving Day.

Larsson mentioned added “anticipation and excitement around Black Friday shopping.” But to take part in that Black Friday sweepstakes, a shopper has to pass through the doors of an Old Navy store on Thanksgiving Day.

And Naughton maintained that Wal-Mart rank-and-file are “really excited to work that day.” But that day is Thanksgiving and it’s hard to believe that the mass of Wal-Mart employees would prefer to be at work than spending the holy day with their families.

And those are not the only retailers, not the only company execs, determined to secularize Thanksgiving; to removing God from the holy day.

Fred Lazurus Jr.’s old company, Macy’s, will be open Thanksgiving. As will Best Buy, Target, Kmart, J.C. Penney, Hollister, H&M, Forever 21, American Eagle, Kohl’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods and who knows how many other unGodly retailers.

That represents a test to those of us who share the faith of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln: Will we honor Almighty God, our beneficent Father, on Thanksgiving? Or will we worship in the latter day temples of Mammon?

Let us be informed by the words of the Lord God: “Those who honor Me I will honor, but those who despise Me will be disdained.”


TOPICS: Activism; Current Events; General Discusssion; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: blackfriday; founders; holiday; thanksgiving
God bless retailers like Nordstrom and Costco that decided not to open on Thanksgiving Day.
1 posted on 11/24/2013 8:05:17 AM PST by CHRISTIAN DIARIST
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

I do all my shopping online, so when stores are open isn’t even an issue.


2 posted on 11/24/2013 8:12:34 AM PST by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

I’m so old I remember when public Christmas displays didn’t go up until after Thanksgiving.

But as early as 1959, Tom Lehrer was lampooning Christmas commercializing:

“Hark, the Herald Tribune sings, advertising wondrous things.”

“God rest ye merry merchants, may ye make the Yuletide pay!”

“Angels we have heard on high, tell us to go out and BUY!”


3 posted on 11/24/2013 8:32:21 AM PST by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: elcid1970
Not to mention Stan Freberg's "Green Christmas" in 1958.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5IXlfJSEi4 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Christmas_%28single%29

The advertising agencies were not happy!

SCROOGE AND CHORUS:
Christmas comes but once a year,
So you better cash in,
While the spirit lingers,
It's slipping through your fingers,
Boy! Don't you realize
Christmas can be such a
Monetary joy!

4 posted on 11/24/2013 8:45:51 AM PST by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: elcid1970

LOve Tom….funny guy and very smart too


5 posted on 11/24/2013 9:03:28 AM PST by Nifster
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To: Kip Russell

Love Stan too…. lots of memories between those two names


6 posted on 11/24/2013 9:04:22 AM PST by Nifster
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Agreed. Stay closed for thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter. I respect those retailers who do.
But like another poster wrote, my family buys mostly on line and blessed be the UPS/FedEx/ and Paulie my mailman. They bring 80-90% of the gifts we give.


7 posted on 11/24/2013 9:06:35 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

I refuse to shop on Thanksgiving Day. To me it is a day to stop, reflect, and give thanks to God for all my blessings. Whether my holiday meal is a thanksgiving feast or scrambled eggs and toast...the day is for giving thanks for our many blessings, one of which is living in the greatest country on God’s green earth.


8 posted on 11/24/2013 9:56:52 AM PST by Conservative4Ever (A pox on the House of Apple and the ios7 horse they rode in on.)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

I’ve never shopped on Thanksgiving, black Friday, or the day after Christmas. I hope never to do so, for so many reasons, including reasons of faith. However, I think this piece is a bit judgemental, as are so many that use “honor mammon” IMO.

Participating in economic activitiy is not always “honoring mammon.” And perhaps some people having Thanksgiving off may not have much other time off. Just sayin that while I always do what the article suggests, I am uneasy with the legalistic tone….


9 posted on 11/24/2013 10:12:39 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: Nifster

I just listened to “Green Christmas” on youtube, for the first time ever. Fabulous!

Then I read the reactions to it in 1958. Interesting how the outrage by the advert business, the bans & refusal to air it, overlooked its underlying message about the true meaning of Christmas.

They must have thought Stan Freberg was some kind of anticapitalist commie.


10 posted on 11/24/2013 2:10:47 PM PST by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: elcid1970

Stan had a bit of a reputation… he gored all oxen


11 posted on 11/24/2013 3:47:53 PM PST by Nifster
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Speaking of goring, I remember laughing till it hurt listening to “Payola Roll Blues” when Clyde Ankle started singing High School Oo Oo & there was that sharp stick:

“Well I was on my way to high school when a GUYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY came through the door, OOOOOOOOOO, and he said he’s gonna make me a BIGGGGGGGGGGGGGG record star!!!!!”

;^)


12 posted on 11/24/2013 4:48:05 PM PST by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: elcid1970

ah yes…..


13 posted on 11/24/2013 5:10:17 PM PST by Nifster
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