I have never been a fan of Black Friday. It’s just too much for me.
A few years ago I figured I would give it a try. I had been planning on going for about a week and I was kind of excited! I wanted to get some killer deals!! By 10′ o clock Thanksgiving night I had almost talked myself out of going. I started asking myself was it worth it? Could the deals be that good? It can’t be that bad. After some serious contemplating I decided to go. After all, I had already stayed up late so I might as well go see what deals I could find.
I left my house at 11:45p.m. Again, this was a few years ago when stores still waited until midnight to open. I had my list ready, coffee in hand, and I was ready to load up the sleigh. I pulled into Tiger Town and I was dumbfounded. I couldn’t believe that so many cars could fit into those parking lots. There were so many people! The line for Target was unreal. It was at least a mile long. I had never seen anything like it!! It was freezing and people were bundled up just waiting. After seeing all that I knew I wasn’t even going to attempt to get into Target, so I headed down to Kohls.
The doors had just opened. I saw everyone pour into the store like they were being suctioned in. It wasn’t anything like the Target crowd, but there were still a lot of people there. I walked in and went straight to the boys section. I picked out tons of clothes, a few pair of socks and big boys (underwear), and headed to the register. I passed people who were already in line to check out and the store had just opened! They had convenient signs down the aisles that stated “If you are here your wait time to check out is 15 min, 30 min, 1 hour, 1 1/2 hour, etc… What?!? I passed the 1 1/2 hour sign and I laughed. I placed all of my items in a return cart and walked out.
There is no way I am going to stand in line for an hour and a half just for some clothes. Who would do that? Obviously a lot people! That night I learned those people had strategies. They had it all figured out. The trick is finding all of your items and getting to the register as quickly as possible. Some took friends to hold their place in line while they frantically tried to find their deals. People were running around the store yelling to their partners in the check out line. It was insane!!!
This is what our Thanksgiving has become. Deals!!!! The stores are opening earlier and earlier every year and I feel bad for those employees that have to work. I am a nurse and I have to work holidays too, but it’s under different circumstances. Those people do not choose to be sick and be in the hospital. Well, some actually come to the hospital just so they don’t have to be alone, but that’s another post. You fellow nurses know what I’m talking about. The shoppers can choose to stay at home with their families and enjoy their time.
I didn’t think about things like this a few years ago. I like to believe I’m a little wiser now, so I am writing this hoping that it will change your mind about shopping Today on Thanksgiving.
Stay at home with your family. Create memories, not excuses to go shopping. Some people might decide to quit their job because they aren’t willing to work on a holiday. Others have no choice. Your cashier could be celebrating her baby’s first Thanksgiving at home, but instead she’s working. Your cashier could have a spouse in the military that has been deployed for a year and they made it home safely for Thanksgiving. He or she could be spending time with their loved one, but they are working.
Today I will cook our Thanksgiving meal. We will cook a ham and fry a turkey. I’ll make dressing, homemade macaroni and cheese, potato salad, and a green bean casserole. I will watch my boys play and listen to them argue. We will laugh and enjoy ourselves. We will listen to Lewis and Ian recite their Thanksgiving play and try not to cry. I can tell you I won’t make it through the whole play without crying. I’m such a sap! I hope you will enjoy your family!