However, this year, many large department stores in the United States are opening their doors on Thanksgiving day in preparation for Black Friday (Zilman). This unprecedented event brings light to a startling change in American society. Black Friday’s inevitable takeover of Thanksgiving will ruin the holiday itself and negatively impact traditional familial values because it will force Americans to embrace materialism in place of graciousness. Thanksgiving is a traditional American holiday dating back to colonial times. The commonly-known First Thanksgiving is a story that all American children learn.
“Really Thanksgiving should be spent with your family and I believe the workers have a life, and need their time with family” (The Premier). Bart Reed, the consumer marketing director of Best Buy, said the company did not want to open until the earliest five a.m. on Black Friday. “We wanted to give our employees a "work-life balance" (Mother Jones). Costco refuses to open on Turkey day and said they would open at ten a.m. on Friday, which is their regular hours. Costco wants wor... ... middle of paper ... ... shopping takes the time we have with our families away from us and workers.
There are many stores that decided to open their doors early on November 26,2015. Big name company’s like Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Kohl’s, Toys R Us, Sears, Old Navy, and Macy’s (TheBlackFriday.com,2015) just to name a few. Of the Company’s listed included the company that my group did on our presentation in class, by the name of JC Penney. There are also plenty of companies who decided to stick to a family audience by pledging to close their stores on Thanksgiving and not participate in the early Black Friday openings. These Company’s include Babies R Us, Pets Mart, Sam’s Club, TJ Maxx, and Bed Bath& Beyond (TheBlackFriday.com,2015).
It took about twenty mintues to walk to, so on the way back I phoned my dad to come and pick us up. Later in the day about 6 o'clock, we went to the supermarket to get all food and alcohol we would need for the week. By 8 o'clock we were in the caravan getting ready to go out, but
My body is already in a food coma, and I need time to let it settle so I have room for leftovers. Some families have created other Thanksgiving traditions that are not related to Thanksgiving at all but to Black Friday. Bundled up outside their favorite store, waiting hours to get inside just to see if they can snag a couple of discounted items- whether they are needed or
Except I didn’t remember and at 8am on Thursday morning after my husband had left with the kids, I saw the papers again as I walked through the dining room. I think I kept forgetting to about the papers because I had put them over to the side, out of sight, out of mind. I also had a lot on my mind that week. I was busy with classwork, planning a trip to Texas, tying up loose ends at my small business I run, and planning a birthday party for my daughter and the Halloween party for my one son’s class the following week. My mind was constantly on overload.
My Mother and Grandmother would buy a crate of celery and go door to door selling it. My brother and I would run errands for the businesses uptown to make money for Christmas gifts. On the day before Christmas, my Great Grandmother would start the cooking and baking. Everybody in the family had a part to do. In my thoughts, I can clearly smell once again the delightful smell of the cookies and that wonderful turkey.
Black Thanksgiving is Not a Holiday Thanksgiving Day is a day of family, food, and giving thanks for the blessings in life and yet some people believe Thanksgiving to be a prep day for Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year. The focus of Thanksgiving shifted from family bonding to incessant shopping. This trend of taking away from the hours of Thanksgiving in order to shop is enraging. It steals away from family time for the shoppers and the employees. Employers threaten workers that if they do not work on that certain holiday, they will be fired.