I’m sitting here at 6:21 am on a Sunday morning browsing Black Friday ads, which have become more of a Thanksgiving night tradition than a Friday morning tradition. On the one hand, people say that Thanksgiving is for families, and that no one should be shopping. Other people would rather get the deals than lay in the food coma.
But let’s take a look at this. Are you only thankful for your family one day a year? Does it really matter what day you have Thanksgiving on?
First, let’s think about the calories you’ll burn. You easily consume 1000 calories at Thanksgiving dinner. Walking around shopping for hours after will certainly help burn some of them. There are plenty of other reasons to shop on Thanksgiving night, but that’s one of my favorites. You don’t get mashed potato ass.
When I was a single mom, I used to wait tables on Thanksgiving. I’d make enough money in one day to pay for all of my kids’ Christmas gifts. Did they care that I worked Thanksgiving? No. They knew I had to work, and they appreciated the gifts under the tree. They went to their dads, or with their grandparents, or to friends houses, whatever the case may be. There is absolutely no reason in my opinion that we should have to have Thanksgiving dinner on a specific day. Thursdays are not more thankful than any other day of the week. It didn’t bother any of us that I had to work that day.
Also, think of the people who have no family to spend Thanksgiving with. Shouldn’t they have a right to work if they want to? Why would they want to sit home alone with their TV dinner thinking about how they have no family to spend the day with, rather than going to work, being around people, and making money at the same time? And if they’re not working, maybe they want to go shopping and get some deals for themselves, or to send to family and friends far away.
Here’s another thought – retail employees are not the only people working on Thanksgiving. As I said before, someone has to bring the dinner to the table at the restaurant. Someone has to salt and plow the snowy and icy roads. Someone has to take care of the sick people in the hospital. Someone has to drive drunken Thanksgiving people home from family dinners. Someone has to put the fire out because a moron tried to fry a frozen turkey and burned down their garage. People are working. Boycotting shopping on Thanksgiving does not make the world a better place. You may actually be hindering people’s paychecks. Retail workers don’t make much to begin with. So when they’re working on a holiday, they’re probably getting holiday pay. That may help them have a better Christmas as well.
This year, my older daughters are in 2 different places, and neither one of them live with me. And since their father and I aren’t together, they want to spend time with both of us. So my side of the family is having Thanksgiving on Sunday. Shopping on Thursday night is totally okay with us. We don’t need to be thankful for each other on Thursday rather than Sunday. That’s just ridiculous. We are thankful every day, and on Sunday, we will have dinner together.
Where do you stand in the Thanksgiving shopping debate?