It’s November, and already the black Friday buildup has begun. Amazon is advertising Countdown to Black Friday deals. I signed up for an ad from Book Blast for their Holiday advertising. Put your tennis shoes on and be prepared for the holiday races to begin.
Our family is small, and we have to travel to San Angelo to spend Thanksgiving with my parents who live about thirty miles out of town. There are main roads into town, but at night or early in the morning you have to watch for deer. In the past, on two separate occasions, my parents have hit deer crossing the road at night, which does considerable damage to your car. When we drive out to their place, my husband, and I are always watching for those rascally deer who run right in front of you. Once we’re there for Thanksgiving, we usually don’t go anywhere in town until it’s daylight.
Plus, I find it very hard to get up at three in the morning and go shopping just so that I can get some great deals. I’m snuggled up under the covers, dreaming of Ryan Gosling and how I can persuade him to appear on my next book cover. But a lot of people enjoy this early morning shopping spree. I know women who pour over the sales ads and plan their shopping excursion.
It’s the kick-off of the holiday shopping season and the stores want everyone spending money. If you enjoy getting up early and hitting the stores before the sun rises, have a great time. Be careful and remember those credit cards will come back to bite you in January.
Some big box stores are now opening up Thanksgiving afternoon or evening. Soon other stores will not want to miss their chance at the cash cow and will join the sales extravaganza. But what if you’re an employee? You have to leave your Thanksgiving celebration with your family and get ready for everyone else to shop in your store.
What happened to a family holiday about being thankful for what we have? Are we now going to have Black Thanksgiving? Skip the dessert and get on down here for our blue light special. Aren’t we going to lose the unique marketing of black Friday if Thanksgiving becomes just another shopping day? Tell me your thoughts.
Do you think stores should open on Thanksgiving day? Do you like to shop on Black Friday?
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