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Happy Black Friday?!

November 26, 2010

Another Thanksgiving has come and gone; the symbolic holiday of giving thanks for the people in our lives, and what we have in our lives in general. But it seems that with each year the focus and attention shifts even further away from the traditional holiday of “thanks” and “giving” to this new holiday that focuses on consuming. I am, of course, speaking of the now infamous “Black Friday”; the special day after Thanksgiving where mega deals on everything from appliances to clothing brings out millions of shoppers looking to take advantage of some crazy retail deal.

Now those who know me know that I can easily turn this article into some kind of politically-fueled rant (as I usually do). But this isn’t an attack on capitalism or consumerism. It’s a proposal merely asking you to think about the spirit of Thanksgiving and, perhaps, even merge the spirit of the day with the opportunities laid out before us on Black Friday. Simply said, I ask that we don’t forget and, yes, even take the time to thank these people for making this day a reality:

  1. The military that defend our right to experience the holidays the way we do. This is a given – and rightfully so – but it never hurts to remind ourselves about the sacrifices they make so we can take advantage of this day, and the holidays in general.
  2. The people working at the stores you’re shopping at (i.e. the person at the cash register at Sears, the barista at Starbucks, the security at the mall, etc.). These people work hard, and have to put up with a ton of grumpy, greedy people.

So, seriously, if you see a military service member today go up to them, shake their hand and say thank you. That’s all you need to do to make their day a little brighter. Same goes for those retail warriors previously mentioned. Just be a little nicer today. Take the time to thank them, especially if they are doing their job well to make your shopping experience better. These people still make up a good portion makes our country great and, all I ask for this Thanksgiving and Black Friday (and even for the upcoming holidays in a month) is that we do our best to to make their days a little brighter, or at least a little bit easier to manage.

Happy Black Friday, and Happy Holidays.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 26, 2010 12:56 pm

    Thank you for the reminder and for not making it political. I worked really hard to make this Thanksgiving a wonderful family event. I feel a little down today with all the pressure to focus consumerism…


  2. November 27, 2010 1:44 pm

    Haha she’s one of my one to one customers ❤

    This is a great article!! I'm one of the retail warriors. Thank you for putting us on the map too! 😀

    I find it so disturbing to hear people going on about "black friday" I think to myself, wait! what about Thanksgiving people!? Has everyone forgotten about one of the best holidays of the year?! Everyone is so worried about the day where you can save a little money… whoopie. It's amazing how most families don't even have dinner together anymore… I personally saw that with mine as I was getting into my high school days. What is thanksgiving going to be like in 30+ years? I shudder to think where everything is going…..

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