Thanksgiving brings with it a host of traditions: girl chat while cooking in the kitchen, football in the front room, sarcasm from someone about my yearly non-turkey vegetarian meal, card games after too much eating and Black Friday plans of attack post pumpkin pie. Then, it’s off to bed to wake up at the crack of dawn to go Black Friday shopping.
Nowhere in that equation is dine and dash out to sales. So, I’m slightly (OK seriously) anti this whole Black Thursday thing. It started a couple of years ago when malls began opening at midnight (still Black Friday). But now stores like Target, Walmart, Sears and Toys R Us are opening as early as 8 p.m, which means people will start lining up at 6 p.m., which means we aren’t really being thankful for anything other than consumerism. And I’ve got an issue with that.
Don’t get me wrong. I love shopping as much as the next girl. And Black Friday IS my Superbowl, but the third Thursday in November is for family dinners. It’s time to make fun of Aunt Edna for having one too many glasses of wine. It’s for rolling your eyes at your mom for nagging you about having (more) kids. It’s about family bonding.
Save the shopping for the following day.
And that’s why you won’t see me running around Target come 9 p.m. Thursday.
My two cents. What’s yours?