Thanksgiving has been a national holiday since the 1600s, but now it is often overshadowed by Black Friday sales. The holiday is meant to be a time of giving thanks, not fighting people for a TV outside of Best Buy.
It has gotten to the point where it is dangerous because everyone is mesmerized by trying to get the newest sale, instead of focusing on what really matters — the holiday itself.
Black Friday has been around for a while, but stores now start their sales on the night of Thanksgiving. This has created an end to giving thanks. Instead, families wait outside in freezing cold lines for materialistic things.
Black Friday beginning on Thanksgiving is not right. It takes away from the point of being thankful. Most of the time, shopping ends up being disappointing because the stores are out of the thing you wanted anyway.
By having the shopping start early, it is also taking family time away from all of those working the Thanksgiving night shifts. It is not fair to anyone, and Black Friday should be a one-day event that does not carry into multiple days of outrageousness.
It is hard enough to get your entire family altogether for one day anyway, and now it is to be cut even shorter just to go out and waste money on unnecessary things.
Materialistic items are not worth giving up a special holiday that was originally created to give thanks. It’s not be arguing who got the best deal.
Spending time with family is priceless and something you cannot get back if you pass it up. Sitting around being so full from dinner, just talking about everything you are thankful for is what this holiday is all about.
The excitement of buying a TV or a new set of headphones will fade in a short while, but family is forever.
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