Before Christmas comes Thanksgiving! People and businesses seem to forget this.
Does this bother you? What do you think about stores not closing on Thanksgiving? Do you go Black Friday shopping? What do you think about the stores opening earlier and earlier on Thursday as opposed to waiting?
The Perfectionist Mom – It does bother me! I know that people get very excited for Christmas; I am one of them for sure! BUT I think we need to give each holiday its equal time. There is a very specific reason I feel this way…we RUSH though life lately. I have noticed, especially since having a child, our life is moving at a pretty good clip and weeks fly by faster than we realize. When it comes to special times like holidays we need to slow down and take notice. These are special times to be with loved ones and relax, even if you are running around like a crazy person with your hair on fire. I have shopped and worked in the mall on Black Friday. All I can say is, it is, well, interesting. I think corporate America is forgetting the people who work in their stores. They have families and they would like to be home during those special times. One of my biggest pet peeves is when I go into a store in October and see Christmas stuff lining the shelves! Second biggest is when I see a commercial and their big announcement is “opening even earlier this Thanksgiving!” You will not be getting my business because I will be home with my family recovering from an amazing Thanksgiving dinner.
The Not-So-Single Mom – When I was younger, Black Friday was just that. FRIDAY. As the years passed, the stores opened earlier and earlier and then moved into opening on Thursday. I do not agree. I used to tag along on Friday with my mom, which is something I DO NOT do anymore. Not only is it utter chaos both days, but also I believe that even retail workers should be able to spend Thursday with their families. I know that some places must be open, and those willing to work should be compensated well. I have been that person working on Thanksgiving, I know how it feels and I do not wish that upon anyone. Let as many people have the day off as possible and compensate those willing to work that day. Black Friday shouldn’t start at midnight. I think back in the day, 6am was good. We as humans sometimes need that extra special push to spend quality time with our loved ones lets not ruin that. I just don’t think battling crazies and chaos to get a “good deal” is worth my headache or the employees having to deal with it!
The Hot Mess Mom – I love Fall and everything that’s in it including Thanksgiving. I feel like it’s a holiday that has been lost in the shuffle due to Halloween and Christmas being such big decorating holidays. I always have the hardest time finding things for Thanksgiving because as soon as Halloween is over, out comes every piece of Christmas décor the world has ever seen. Thanksgiving has been skated over because it doesn’t make as much money as the other holidays. It’s sad; it is all about revenue and profit. We still make a big deal about Thanksgiving in our house no matter what. In fact that brings me to my next issue…. Black Friday. It makes me so incredibly angry that black Friday now starts the evening of Thanksgiving. Not only can I not participate in black Friday shopping because I will be cooking and eating during those hours but it completely takes away from this holiday that promotes family and togetherness. How can I compete with people who are willing to miss out on Thanksgiving all together to wait in line at 4pm on Thursday? I won’t risk my family for a sale. And shame on those stores that stay open all day and night on Thanksgiving. I could understand opening for a few hours in the morning but all day and night is just unfair. Those workers have families too.
The Naturalist Mom – I think that corporate America is taking away from what holidays are all about. It’s sad to have anyone work on a national holiday like Thanksgiving for the sake of a deal. I have gone out as support for a family member on Black Friday, but that’s the extent of it. I’ve shopped later on in the afternoon on black Fridays before. Overall, it’s sad it’s becoming earlier and earlier each year. I don’t agree with it.
What do you think about the disappearance of the Thanksgiving holiday? Does Black Friday bother you?
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