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From the editor's desk 24 November

The War Cry comments on the days being marked this week, including Cyber Monday

At this time of year we are encouraged to think about the things that we want

CHRISTMAS is now little more than four weeks away. That fact will prompt either a sense of excitement or dread, depending on your view of the season and how prepared you feel.

Yesterday (23 November) was Black Friday, when retailers slashed prices in order to encourage us to get our Christmas shopping done early. Retailers adopted the name because it was said to be the day when many shops’ banks accounts moved into the black.

Next week includes Cyber Monday, when retailers’ websites will be filled with special offers and discounts. Consumer experts are already providing tips on how to get the best deals online.

Those two days follow on from last Thursday’s celebration of Thanksgiving in the United States. In this week’s War Cry, we include an interview with Rachel Naramore, a British-born US resident, about the 400-year-old tradition.

Rachel explains how, during their roast turkey dinner, her family take turns to say what they are thankful for. She also describes it as ‘strange’ that Thanksgiving is followed by a period of consumer frenzy, saying that some people ‘spend the whole of Thursday being thankful, and then the whole of Friday buying stuff’.

At this time of year we are encouraged to think about the things that we want. From childhood many of us were encouraged to put together Christmas present lists or write letters to Santa. It can be easy to become preoccupied with our wants and wishes.

That is why next Tuesday (27 November) is important. It has been declared Giving Tuesday, a day when people are encouraged to do ‘good stuff’ for their favourite charity. Since it was introduced in 2014, the day has raised millions of pounds for worthy causes.

While it is easy to get caught up in the consumerism of the lead-up to Christmas, it’s important to look beyond ourselves, and those closest to us, and see who else we can help.

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