In my house, and my office and every other aspect of my life for that matter- Thanksgiving tradition will not fall by the wayside! I do not want sales, lists and coupons! I want family, turkey and pies on the last Thursday of November! The tradition has evolved slightly since its start in the 1600’s- sweets are now a staple, and weren’t available then, and our attire has been updated, and the day is spent surrounded with friends and family.
Somewhere along the way the tradition of hitting the malls and big box stores on the Friday after Thanksgiving for crazy deals on everything from televisions to blenders- has changed. It started as a slow change, with the hours creeping earlier and earlier- and before we knew it in the last 10 years we saw the stores start to open at the wee hours of the morning. Now, this monster we call Black Friday is beginning to get a little out of control. Don’t get me wrong- I love great sales as much as the next person, but not at the expense of family time on a Holiday!
The very purpose behind current Thanksgiving tradition is to spend time with the ones we love, and to be THANKFUL for all that we have. Yes, this is already slightly misdirected, because yes we should be thankful every day- but the point is that on this one day we should not be rushing out the door to shop or in many cases, to work! Instead of enjoying the time we have, we are either to worried about getting to the store as it opens- or needing to get there because of a work shift. In my opinion, Black Friday is plenty long enough and should be kept as BLACK FRIDAY!
Whether you will be cooking or shopping this Thursday, or a combination of the two- just remember where the holiday came from and try to keep sight of it. At this point, boycotting isn’t going to change the fact that the stores are opening Thursday for Pre- Black Friday. However, we cannot lose the spirit of yet another holiday and allow it to be completely revolving around gifts and goods! HAPPY THANKSGIVING!