I hope you're all surrounded by loved ones on this chilly Thanksgiving Day. I cherish the holiday season because there's a heightened focus on family and friends. It's a warm and fuzzy time of year when we stop to take stock of the many blessings we have in our lives. But if you watch any television at all...things seem to have changed. Lately, almost every store has been touting their "Thanksgiving Day Shopping Hours."
A Facebook friend posted that he'd heard there was an actual name for it now...Brown Thursday.
Really? Come on, people.
I realize that many Americans have to work on Thanksgiving day at one point or another because society does need to function. Nurses, doctors, fireman, and policeman...just to name a few...these folks spend much of their Thanksgiving Day working to help other Americans.
But Macy's? Wal-Mart? Best Buy?
Is this what our society has come to? Turning Thanksgiving Day into a bargain shopping opportunity.
Ew. Just ew.
I realize money is tight. Believe me, I do. But is a great deal worth stuffing oneself into a line on Thanksgiving Day to jostle with other desperate shoppers to get a nine thousand inch television set?
I'm sorry but, for me, it goes against the very spirit of the holiday. Thanksgiving should be a time to stop and give thanks for all of the lovely gifts we're given.
And I don't mean perfume or a car or an obnoxiously large television.
I'm talking about family, friends, good health, or a warm bed to sleep in.
I realize that this post might offend some people. Sorry. I'm simply stating my feelings on the subject and shopping on Thanksgiving day just feels wrong. A little shopping online, well that's one thing, but leaving your family to stand in a line for hours on end....no thanks.
I will be taking stock of the many blessings I have and the biggest blessing of all is my family.
I wish you and yours a safe and happy Thanksgiving Day.