Thanksgiving is over. Now the frenzy begins. In the decades preceding, many major chain stores would open early on the Friday morning following Thanksgiving and stay open for 24 – 48 hours non-stop. In the last few years, the large retail organizations have chosen to open on the evening of Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is one day that the American people set aside each year to pause and give thanks. It is not a religious celebration. President George Washington declared as a day of thanksgiving and prayer, November 26, 1789.
What Washington meant as a somber day, has, in fact, turned into a day of turkey, football, and shopping. Not at all how Washington envisioned the holiday.
The Christmas shopping season is when retailers produce most of their sales for the year. It is make or break time for many of them. Indicators for our US economy are predicated on how the shopping season goes.
Now we are a global economy and have far advanced beyond our physical borders. Many countries besides the US take advantage of this time of year to increase their profit margins. There is nothing wrong with a company trying to increase revenue and position themselves for increased market share. In a capitalistic society that is admirable.
There are some saying we should boycott the stores that are defying tradition. Is that really necessary?
Earl Nightingale the motivational speaker had a simple but effective word for perspective of this world, reasonableness. This philosophy has guided many an individual to greater success. Reasonableness would make the holiday shopping experience more enjoyable. The sales are plentiful, and the savings are incredible on some items.
It is ironic that in this season of joy and happiness that people will shove a disabled wheelchair bound shopper out of the way just to save a few dollars on an item. A majority of bargain-seekers will instead of buying for relatives; buy mainly for themselves.
Parking lots were filled nowhere near capacity and there were no lines of people waiting to enter stores for tremendous savings. Town Center Mall traffic was minimal at best. The Walmart in Deep Creek was at normal levels of activity. That was today, but last night at six it was a different story. The Walmart parking lot was filled up with people who were lining up at the door waiting for the opportunity to get in on some bargains. One employee said, “There were 50″ TV’s on sale for 218 and tablets for 30.” The deals were pretty fantastic to be sure. The K-Mart in Port Charlotte had some good offers as well. Target on Tamiami trail was prepared for the onslaught of shoppers wishing to take advantage of temporary savings.
We have a dilemma. What do we call the Thursday before Black Friday. Somehow Thanksgiving doesn’t seem to cut it. How about “Thankless Thursday.” It is possible that a person could give thanks for all the great price reductions. George Washington might disagree on that point. Washington’s proclamation has little to do with retail and more to do with how we as a society respond to the blessings and kindness afforded us throughout the year; through as the President referred to as providence..
This article is not a slam against people enjoying their right shop and save. This article is just a quick pause to remember why we have these rights and who by their sacrifice gave them to us. From 1776 to 2014 men and women from all walks of life have given their all so we can be truly thankful.