As soon as I heard that retailers like Target, Wal-Mart and Sears were going to start Black Friday early I became instantly furious. Seriously, we are so consumed with materialistic things as a society that we can’t even spend one whole day being truly THANKFUL for what we have?! You have Thanksgiving dinner with your family, then it’s goodbye! I’m off to score a TV that’s on sale (cause it apparently wont be on sale ever again)! Makes me sick. Especially after what we just went through with Hurricane Sandy. It is just “things”. You can’t take it with you when you go. I get it, there are some sweet deals, but are those deals more important then spending time with your family and friends? I’m not even a big fan of Black Friday (the crowds scare the beJesus out of me!), but I think it is better to go on Friday then to start your shopping on Thanksgiving night.
I Googled “Black Friday Deals.” The first thing to come up was a website actually called blackfridaydeals.com. They have a sneak peek at all the ads so you can map out where you’re going to go. The first thing listed on this website was the Black Friday App for your phone. I’m all for bargains, but this is getting crazy. I could not imagine spending my Thanksgiving fighting for a bunch of crap and waiting in those ridiculous lines.
I feel the most sorry for the employees of all of the stores. Being dragged away from your family and into the fluorescent lights of the retail shops. Maybe some are looking forward to escaping their family and going to work, who knows, but as someone who has worked retail on Black Friday once-it sucks. And had I been stuck going in on Thanksgiving night I would have been really pissed. It was bad enough working on 9/11 and Christmas Eve, so I know the terrible feeling of not getting to be with my family when you really want to be.
I wrote a blog a week ago about Holiday gifts to buy (see: Holiday Gift Idea’s- Cleveland Edition), and the great thing is you can get these gifts on a day that isn’t on a National Holiday, keeps the money in the city and is more personal.
I’m thankful I am able to buy presents for my family this year without worry, but I am even more Thankful that I have my family to spend time with. You will not catch me at a store on Thanksgiving night. I would never let “things” replace my tradition of pigging out on pumpkin pie while watching It’s A Wonderful Life with my family. Cause that’s what Thanksgiving is all about Charlie Brown.