I’ve heard rumblings that Black Friday sales are encroaching on Thanksgiving – Thursday. Each retailer moves the sale date back by minutes and hours to beat the competition to the punch. (Er, maybe “punch” isn’t the right word to use when writing about Black Friday sales…they can get pretty brutal.)
I’m sad that commercialism is taking over our lives. I feel like retailers are grabbing the clock hands and spinning them like the Wheel of Fortune… Halloween merchandise is out right after fourth of July; before Halloween is sold out, Christmas is waiting in the wings to take center stage; as soon as Christmas is done, they bring out the pink and red hearts for Valentine’s Day (now there’s a made-up holiday if I ever saw one.)
On Monday, the news broadcast a story about people already camped out in front of a store for Black Friday sales. I get that discounted electronics sound like an awesome deal, but is four days (or more) of lost life worth the $200 saved? I would argue “absolutely not!”
Trading family time for “stuff” just feels like the antithesis of Thanksgiving. Brawls ensuing from people fighting over these deals are just evidence that perhaps we are selling our souls to the devil one Black Friday at a time.
I do sometimes venture out on Black Friday, but never for the high fight risk items. I’d rather pay more for a TV and stay out of the ER, but that’s just me. I have scored some nice fleece pajamas for $8 though. And the best thing, is that everyone else was in the kitchen section fighting over the Cuisinart cookware 😆
I hope that most people would avoid the insanity and keep Thanksgiving Day about family. If we do hit the stores on Friday, remember: if the Black Friday experience gets too intense, grab a cup of coffee and watch the insanity from a distance. Or better yet, go home and sleep it off!
You know where I stand…what do YOU think about Black Friday sales sneaking into Thanksgiving Day?