Happy Black Friday Eve

I'm telling you, it feels like the Black Friday season gets here earlier every year. I realize that the season doesn't really change - it still starts the day after Halloween and goes until Black Friday Eve - but I swear stores have started putting out decorations and merchandise before kids are back in school.

But all of that's behind us, as we settle down to feast with family and friends tonight in preparation of tomorrow's big day. So, whether you're planning on spending this Black Friday Eve gathered around a roast turkey or if you and a loved one are trying to force down peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in line outside a Walmart while cross-referencing a map of the store against a sales flyer, we wish you and your family the best this holiday season.

But Black Friday is about more than just you: it's about all of us. It's about America. In fact, very few people know this, but just as Christmas was scheduled around co-opted pagan holidays, Black Friday Eve's date was actually based around a forgotten early-American day of feasting and giving thanks. While the original symbolism has long been forgotten, some of the customs have endured.

Moreover, it gives me a warm feeling inside to know that while the focus has moved away from antiquated notions like family, community, and thanks and shifted to twenty-dollar DVD players and sales beginning at 10 PM at night, there's no denying that this day is still a pitch-perfect reflection of our nation's current set of values.

So, with capitalism and consumerism in our hearts, we wish you and yours a very happy Black Friday Eve.