I worked retail for 10 years and let me tell you, the friday after Thanksgiving was chaotic and exhausting. And yes, when I signed up to work retail, I also understood that this was part of the deal! If I wanted to get paid, I had to show up when I was scheduled and give it my all. I am sure many folks that work in the medical and police fields also understand that working holidays is just part of the job. I wonder how this shopping on Thanksgiving Day will impact Black Friday. That remains to be seen. Maybe Black Friday will become a thing of the past.
Fast forward another 10 years and MANY stores are now open on Thanksgiving Day. I can recall a day almost 20 years ago when a co-worked said, "In our time, stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day." At the time I thought it would never happen. Well, it has happened.
What happened to a day where families can focus on what they are thankful for? I am thinking I enjoyed life when things were simple. Thanksgiving was a time when we had an extended family gathering and there were years when the WHOLE family got stranded at our home due to blizzards! Those were great memories that will never be taken away from me. Do families still get together like that on Thanksgiving?
Our family gathering will be just the four of us and I have no desire to go shopping on Thanksgiving. Shopping is chaotic and noisy. I'll take a day of family board games and good food over the battle of the crowds at the stores! I'm assuming the stores will be crowded, or there would be no reason for stores to be open these wild hours. Maybe I am just a grouchy old lady and need to get out and shop. For what? I honestly do not need anything so badly that I feel the need to shop on Thanksgiving.
How will you spend Thanksgiving? Will you be out shopping for that perfect gift? I'd love to hear how you will spend your holiday. Whatever you choose to do, I hope you have a great time and love every moment of it! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?