Like most Americans (except the occupiers who tried and failed to stop it), I was happy to see that Black Friday sales were up this year over last year. We, well actually you because I don’t shop on Black Friday, set a new spending record. This is a rough economy; every ray of hope that it’s getting better is a good thing.

On the other hand, we may have lost sight of the reason for the holiday season when frenzied shoppers cause near-riots and walk past, around and over a dead man on the way to saving a few bucks.

The man whose birth we allegedly celebrate at this time of year told a story about helping someone who had been beaten by thieves and left for dead on the side of the road. Now might be a good time to revisit that story. There are things in life that are far more important than getting a good deal on an iPad.