Thursday, November 24, 2011

Black Friday

As everyone knows by now, tomorrow is Black Friday. While some stores are still sticking to Black Friday beginning on Friday, some are opening on Thanksgiving Day. This is not unusual since retailers have been pushing Black Friday for quite some time. I don’t participate myself, something about missing all that great turkey, pie and other stuff to stand in the cold for hours doesn’t seem like an appealing trade-off. I prefer to do my shopping on-line. Many on-line stores are now offering special deals for Black Friday. Before on-line shopping became so popular and a reasonable option there was Cyber Monday, this was the day that on-line retailers would pronounce their special deals. Now it all shopping all the time no special codes required just about everywhere and who wouldn’t want to shop from the comfort of their home computer?

I have to admit I was a little turned off by the stores that announced they were opening on Thursday instead of Friday. It just didn’t seem right. I understand that many retailers have had bad years recently and some are still struggling but is this really an excuse to stomp all over one of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving? Many of my friends have the same feelings, we all think that Thanksgiving is a day to get together with family and friends, cook a huge meal and then sit around the dining room table with a glass or two of wine. I’ve always enjoyed the lazy camaraderie of this holiday. No rushing to set up decorations, buy and wrap presents or worry if you got the right gift for your spouse. To see Thanksgiving as simply a day to begin our Christmas shopping is more than a little disturbing.

So in protest, not that I ever shopped Black Friday, I am going to sit home, cook a 20 pound turkey and eat pumpkin pie till I am forced to take a nap. Who’s with me? Let’s occupy our homes and our couches. There is always tomorrow for shopping and an experienced and savvy shopper knows that there is more than one day to find that perfect gift for that special someone. Take it from a retailer and a customer; the world will not collapse if we don’t stand in the cold for five or more hours waiting in line. So hug your family, take stock of what really matters and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Happy Thanksgiving!

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