The Friday after Thanksgiving has been deemed the start of the holiday shopping season. At one time it was a low-key day people spent walking around shops enjoying the long weekend. In recent years, it has become a maniacal race for bargains. The opening time of the stores offering sales has crept up by a few hours every year with the inevitable now happening. Retailers are opening their doors on Thanksgiving day.
Thanksgiving was created as a day of reflection. People gathered around for a meal with family, friends, and neighbors in appreciation for all that we have, and for all that we can offer. The day is being reduced from what we have, to what we can get. There are lines forming outside of big box stores with people trying to get those 5 big screen televisions that will be offered cheap. Some are waiting for the latest electronic gizmo that in 6 months will be replaced. Others want the feeling they are getting something for their money, so they too wait in line. There are people who believe those few days of shopping will provide the biggest bargains of the season. Never mind they have weeks to go, this is the day to score big.
It is a difficult time. The economy has taken its toll on many. People have the right to seek out items at low cost if they choose. What I don’t like is the timing of the deals. Why should the employees, who don’t make a great deal of money, be the ones who have to report to work? The executives who make the decision to open are not working that day. Would it really hurt to wait until Friday? Can’t we as a nation have one day off that most of us will celebrate? Aren’t we supposed to give thanks and not think about what we can get?
My family drives about an hour to celebrate the day with relatives. It is the most pleasant ride of the year as most of the businesses are closed. The roads are peaceful and quiet. On the way back, you can see people in their homes enjoying the day with loved ones. A day of giving thanks for family, friends, good health, food, and shelter. The one day of the year when we pause to remember all that we value as it is shared over a simple meal. These are things that money can’t buy and aren’t for sale. A day called Thanks”giving”.
n. 1. The act of rending thanks, or expressing gratitude for favors or mercies.