OUR VIEW: Thanksgiving holiday returns to what it was meant to be

Published on Tuesday, 7 November 2017 19:30
Written by Staff

For decades, Thanksgiving was a day for family, and a time to be grateful for our loved ones, our nation and our freedoms - think Norman Rockwell.

In recent years, however, many retailers opened their doors on this holiday, hoping to wring every last dollar out of shoppers who probably, left to their own devices, would be happy to spend their money on Black Friday, thus allowing store employees to enjoy the holiday with their families.

This year, however, it looks more and more like tradition may win this fight. To date, over 75 well-known retailers say they will shut their doors or are not opening until early evening.

And we, as shoppers, may get the credit. According to bestblackfriday.com, “While Americans do not like the idea of going to brick-and-mortar locations to shop on Thanksgiving, online shopping on Turkey Day appears to be a fair and welcomed compromise.” In fact, we spent $1.93 billion, just sitting at our computers, after we polished off that last piece of pumpkin pie.

That works for us and here’s why. First, store employees won’t have to choose between a paycheck and being with their families. Second, the bargains will be there, not just on Black Friday but for much of the weekend.

And, most important, Thanksgiving is the one holiday that isn’t about spending (yes, food excepted). It’s the opposite, a time to share a meal with the special people in our lives and to be grateful for their presence.

Bottom line: Send a message to retailers that this one day shouldn’t be commercialized - but you’ll be there when the doors open on Black Friday.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Editorials on Tuesday, 7 November 2017 19:30. Updated: Tuesday, 7 November 2017 19:32.