Are you shopping today? What about yesterday? What about this weekend?
More than 100 million Americans are expected to go shopping sometime over this holiday weekend, caught up in the holiday buying frenzy. Many of my relatives will be among those hitting the malls and big box stores looking for Black Friday deals. As for me, I plan to stay home with my kids and my turkey leftovers. It’s not that I don’t enjoy Christmas shopping–I do, at my own pace. It’s just that the idea of packed stores and scarce parking spaces and endless lines has no appeal for me. But live and let live, or shop and let shop has always been my motto.
Until this year. Although I’ve never minded the Black Friday hoopla, I have to say I’m really bothered by the new “tradition” (let’s hope not) of stores opening on Thanksgiving so people can get a jump on holiday deals. As if it wasn’t bad enough that people have started heading out for door-buster sales at midnight on Friday morning. Thanksgiving has always been one of my very favorite holidays precisely because it wasn’t about shopping. It’s about two of my other favorite things: food and people. I love Thanksgiving because I don’t have to worry about shopping and gifts and wrapping, as I do at Christmas time. So the prospect of all that Christmas craziness spilling over into my Turkey Day really bugs me.
I don’t think retail workers should have to give up their Thanksgiving with their families to go into work and I don’t like the idea of people racing through their Thanksgiving dinner to rush off to the mall. To me that contradicts the whole purpose of Thanksgiving, and Christmas, too.
Maybe I’m going to miss out on a few amazing deals, but I’ll do my shopping a little bit at a time, some online and some in bricks-and-mortar stores. No door busters for me, thanks.
What do you think of Black Friday shopping? What about shopping on Thanksgiving Thursday?