Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday and Gray Thursday Are Changing How We Celebrate Thanksgiving

OK~ I am reflecting on this day we have come to know as Black Friday. Yes, some of my family members did hit Best Buy last evening at 6:00 p.m. to snag a buy! And today, they were back at Best Buy to snag another buy. We are a family of techies, so this makes a little sense to me. Did I personally hit any stores for a "deal" this year? Nope, not interested. I, unfortunately, had to make a visit to the grocery store, as those needs continue 365 days of the year.

With all of our needs and wants in society today, will Thanksgiving ever be a holiday where it's strictly a day of Thanksgiving? I honestly don't think so. With our challenging economy, let's face it, we all are on the hunt for the best deals every single day of the year.

What's so intriguing to me is that so many families have made Black Friday, or it may now be Gray Thursday, a family tradition, there is simply no going back. Shopping on Black Friday was not a tradition that I grew up with, so it has never really interested me. Will Thanksgiving remain a paid holiday for many or will that vanish? Will there be a need for a holiday called Thanksgiving? The calendar says yes, but when I think about it, maybe a traditional day of Thanksgiving will go by the wayside. Families are forced to get together when their jobs and time tables say they can, not the calendar.

Families are much more spread out,  people are working to stay ahead of their bills, and that "one" special day doesn't seem to have the meaning for many that it once had. When I was growing up, I can recall Memorial Day being a day that was really set aside for visiting a cemetery. Today it's more about the family picnic, a day off from work/school, a day at the beach, which is not the reason Memorial Day is what it is. Am I the only person seeing a pattern here?

So, back to Thanksgiving Day. I enjoy Thanksgiving and am fortunate to have immediate family with current jobs that allow them to have Thanksgiving off. Now, with 18 and 22 year old sons, sometime in the future that may change. I can roll with that and can honestly say that their schedules will dictate when our family celebrates Thanksgiving. Maybe there is something to be said about Black Friday changing how we celebrate Thanksgiving. This is the year 2013, not the year 1972!

Most importantly, we all need to remember that we have so much to be thankful for. And it's not just about showing gratitude one day out of the year, it's showing gratitude 365 days of the year. Did you hit the stores on Black Friday or Gray Thursday? If so, I'd love to hear about it. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

1 comment:

  1. I wasn't planning on going shopping on "Gray Thursday" but did end up going on Gray Thursday and Black Friday. My family has been Black Friday shopping for over 10 years - back when 5am was the earliest a store opened up!


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