So, I heard this rumor on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving (note… TUESDAY) that people were camping outside the local-ish Best Buy, waiting for the Friday sale.
I freely admit, I didn’t believe it. I knew about people who got up at 2 or 3 a.m. on Friday morning to get to an early sale, or people who camp out Thursday night – but Tuesday? Naw. Couldn’t be.
Well, I ignored it for then. I thought it was silly, and I wasn’t yet in the “big city” to prove anything, so I went on with my life, enjoyed my Tuesday night and Wednesday off, and didn’t check it out until Wednesday evening.
They. Were. There.
I can’t believe it, but they were! Who in the heck skips the entire holiday with family, just to save a few bucks?
To me, it’s horrendous. I can guarantee the people camping out there have family and friends, or they wouldn’t be camping out there to save the money. Is saving a couple hundred dollars really worth skipping an entire holiday with family, friends, and food? To me? No – and believe it or not, it’s not because of the food. (I know, I know. I make plenty of food posts – but this is a holiday built around family. People completely ignoring family is intolerable to me, whether or not you like the family you have!)
Has it really become all about Black Friday, instead of Thanksgiving? Have people really lost all reason to be thankful, and instead have focused their entire attention on getting thousands of dollars worth of gifts? Or is it that they’re only thankful for the sales, and do not feel that spending the time with the family and friends is important? (A few posts back, I state why last Thanksgiving was so special to me. I won’t ever trade my time with family over a holiday for anything – FOR that reason. What if it’s the last Thanksgiving with them? Does anyone really want to know for the rest of their life that they missed several days with their family, including a holiday based around family, to camp out for a sale?)
I’ll admit – I’m okay with people leaving the house on Thanksgiving to go shopping or to movies, whatever, especially when it’s late enough that family time has been spent, food has been enjoyed, and thanks has been given. So those places that were opening at 10 p.m. – I was okay with those. I was okay with the people that lined up outside around five. (It was a LONG line, but I didn’t see any tents at Toys-R-Us that displayed people were skipping the family holiday.)
But camping out on Tuesday? I have a problem with that. Many people would state that it’s not my right to judge, and well, maybe it’s not, but I do have a right to state my opinion.
For years, I’ve watched Christmas commercialism take over everything. There are Christmas items out in stores way back in October, sometimes even September, completely rendering Halloween and Thanksgiving invisible. It’s been a little better recently – or maybe I’ve just gone to different stores, but I’ve seen more items out for the previous two holidays before the Christmas trees, Christmas decorations, and interesting combinations of Christmas gifts appear.
As we get more named days added to the sales, everything only becomes more invisible. “Black Friday”, “Small Business Saturday”, “Cyber Monday”… it just keeps going on and on. I’m all for stimulating the economy, but don’t you think the frantic holiday shopping is becoming a little ridiculous?
I know a day that needs to be added in there. “Family and Friend Sunday” – and leave out the sales, chaos, and lines. Please.