Article by Wendy McCance
Every year I am amazed at the stories of people making their plans for black friday. Scouring the ads, mapping out which stores to hit and in what order and waking up at the crack of dawn to get to the stores as they open up.
The last few years have been even more dreadful. Now there are stores that are open on Thanksgiving day. Some of the stores are opening even before families have a chance to eat a meal together. What is happening to what was once such an important day?
Thanksgiving to me has always meant family and friends getting together. Watching the Thanksgiving day parade first thing in the morning as food is pulled out and the cooking begins. A football game on in the background as the feast is put together. Relaxing and catching up with the people you love and see rarely because of busy schedules.
Now people are being put in a position to decide if tradition is more important than material possessions. Schedules are being drawn out so that spending time with family and friends is a rushed event so the sales aren’t missed.
My thought is this, I don’t care how much money I might save, material possessions are not worth the sacrifice of enjoying those who mean the most to me. I want my kids to grow up with fond memories of an over-sized table stuffed with people they love and delicious food surrounding them. I want my kids to have great stories of spending time with their relatives and are able to relive some great memories.
I can’t imagine my kids growing up remembering the adults running out the door to catch a sale. I don’t want them to have imagines of people pushing and shoving to get a tv. I don’t want my kids to ever feel that material possessions are more important than family and friends.
I feel awful for those people forced to work on a holiday. I think people should have the choice. Some might take the opportunity because they need the money, but that should be their decision and not a forced upon requirement for keeping their job.
I hope everyone has a happy, healthy and memorable Thanksgiving day. There are those who will be excited to spend their day shopping, but I will take a traditional Thanksgiving day over a buying frenzy any day.
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