Once a year, we get together with friends and family members to reflect on all we are thankful for in our lives. Call me crazy, but I think this is an important day and it sends a strong message to our kids. I am really bothered by all these Black Friday sales pouring into Thursday. This is just so wrong. We sit and say we are thankful for all we have and then excuse ourselves as we go out looking for more "stuff" to accumulate? How backwards is that? I mean, Black Friday is bad enough... it's insane in a lot of places, but whatever. It is what it is. But, I am NOT ok with things starting on Thanksgiving. That is just so off, imo. I feel bad for those employees who have to work instead of spending time with their families... because you know the employees are not just showing up at 9PM or whenever the store opens. They have to be there early to set up, to stock up, to attend last-minute sales meetings. Sigh. This is just not what Thanksgiving is supposed to be about. It's sad to see this holiday totally get turned into something it's not. This year, stores are opening up at 9... next thing you know, they'll be opening at 6PM... and then it'll be 3PM... before you know it, stores won't even be closed on Thanksgiving! Give it some time and that's where things are going to head...
I wish people would protest these changes... and refuse to shop until Friday. Let's just be thankful for ONE day... when we aren't out accumulating material items and worrying about buying. This whole crazy buying frenzy that is around the corner is making me really sad for our country.
I can only control myself... and I am definitely not shopping on Thanksgiving. Anyone else feel the same?
EDITED TO ADD:
Apparently the CEO of JCPenney agrees with me! KUDOS to JCP for valuing FAMILY TIME over making a quick buck!!!