Over the years, Black Friday shopping has increasingly crept into Thanksgiving Day, finally breaking the barrier this year as many large retailers are either opening Thanksgiving morning for a few hours and reopening later that night or are opening at 8 p.m.
The Nov. 18 Journal Sentinel article by Paul Gores headlined “Post-dinner Thanksgiving day sales upend Black Friday tradition” states how Thanksgiving Day shopping is predicted to be a popular thing that will help increase sales for retailers, turning a three-day shopping weekend into four days.
While I agree that this probably will increase sales for most retailers, I believe this is a horrible idea that goes against the American traditions of Thanksgiving because it ruins Thanksgiving Day for those people and their families who go shopping and it wrecks Thanksgiving for those who have to work.
As all Americans know, Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and be with friends and family. In the past, Black Friday actually began on Friday, leaving all of Thanksgiving Day to traditions. Now Black Friday is really Black Thanksgiving, causing some families to be apart when they should be together.
According to the National Retail Federation, almost 33 million shoppers said they would shop on Thanksgiving. This means at least 33 million families across the nation will have their family day interrupted to find the cheapest TV or smartphone. Out of these 33 million shoppers, it is expected that the biggest demographic group will be the millennials, those ages 18 to 36.
Former all-around guru here at Cumulus Broadcasting nails this…
If you are upset about stores being open on Thanksgiving, then I challenge you not to watch a football game on TV. Those broadcasters and football players and coaches have to work on Thanksgiving and that’s not fair to their families. And a lot of them even had to travel away from their families to another city on the holiday. And let’s not forget about the concession stand workers, the security guards, the parking attendants, the cleaning crews, the medical personnel, the scoreboard operators… all of those people have to work on Thanksgiving, and they should be able to spend the day with their families. I think we should all just not watch the football games tomorrow in support of the people who can’t be at home eating turkey.
I could not say this any better myself…