It’s a day full of giving thanks. You join your family for a meal that was made with love. You watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and maybe some football. It’s a chance to see your family come together: your aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents.
However, the new tradition has the day ending with you searching through the ads in the newspaper, trying to find the best deals in town for Black Friday. But here’s the thing: a majority of stores are now opening at 6 p.m. Thursday (also know as Thanksgiving), mere hours after having the biggest meal of the year, and going around the table saying things you are thankful for. See the irony?
I can’t totally diss on Black Friday, because I’m completely guilty of getting excited for it every year. There is something appealing about a day dedicated to shopping, finding the best deals, and coming home with arms full of bags of your greatest finds and gifts. It is the day my family decorates for Christmas too, so it’s definitely a time that kicks off the holiday season.
However, I am not excited about Thanksgiving quickly losing its meaning by Black Friday shopping taking up a portion of the day. There is a time and place for everything, and it doesn’t make much sense that Black Friday shopping is starting on Thursday.
For one it’s called Black Friday. Why can’t big companies respect Thanksgiving for what it is?
A lot of the major big box retailers still have yet to announce their Thanksgiving Day store hours, but some stores such as Michael’s, will be opening at 4 p.m. Thursday.
It’s strange that company websites are advertising “Black Friday Sale starts Thursday.” In fact, in 2014, 27 percent of Black Friday weekend shopping was done on Thursday.
It has come to the point where people have to decide if they should spend the holiday as it was meant to be spent, or spend the day waiting in line for a product they have been desperately wanting.
It seems in recent years especially, as soon as it is November 1, Christmas is all of a sudden everywhere and people are insanely excited for it.
I’m one of those people––some of the time. It is all so rushed that we look over Thanksgiving, which is a pretty great holiday, and that’s where Black Friday comes in.
Black Friday is like “Imma let you finish, but wait no I’m not actually.”
What if Thanksgiving is taken over by Black Friday? I’m torn, honestly. I freaking love Christmas. I’m listening to Christmas music right now. Let’s face it––Christmas is not just one day. It’s a whole season, and poor Thanksgiving is just thrown in the mix.
But I also think Thanksgiving is part of Christmas in a way.
It’s just one big jolly season and I love it all.