Many people consider Black Friday to be the official start of the holiday shopping season. But this year many stores began opening on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. We have all seen the Holiday shopping commercials that began in early October and many people were outraged because they think that it is making the holidays more about commercialism and capitalism.
This year Black Friday sales dropped by 13% because many stores opened on Thanksgiving Day. Many people have started calling Thanksgiving Day “Grey Thursday” because now the shopping is starting on Thursday and taking the sales away from Friday.
In my opinion the holidays have become one big marketing scheme for companies to try and sell the latest toys and technology. What do the holidays mean to us anymore? Would we still treasure the holidays if we didn’t receive the latest technology and gifts?
Why do Americans sit down on Thanksgiving and give thanks for all of the things we have and then go out at Midnight to try and get the cheapest deals? You have all probably heard about the chaos and madness that goes along with Black Friday shopping and how fights always break out. With stores opening on Thanksgiving will the chaos start on this treasured day and ruin a tradition that has been in our country for over 100 years.
Other countries do not have Black Friday but they do have other large shopping days that accompany a holiday. These are big shopping days in other countries where retailors offer great savings and deals to their customers.
How do you feel about Thanksgiving becoming a shopping day? Should it be a day saved for family and turkey? I personally enjoy the time I spend with my family on this beloved holiday and I was very upset when my mom left at 8pm on Thanksgiving to go shopping. Will Thanksgiving become just another shopping day that ruin tradition?