It is the day before Thanksgiving in America. A day we all look forward for varied reasons – the food, the family gathering, the football. It is a day fraught with memory-making opportunities. For Christians, it is the day we pause and give thanks for all God has done in our lives and renew our hope for what He will do in the year ahead. One thing I love the MOST about Thanksgiving is seeing all the stores closed allowing their employees an annual day off to be with family.
However, there is a new trend that is cause for concern.
I love Black Friday. My grown daughters and I enjoy going out before sunrise to shop, laugh, drink lattes and find good deals.
We meet up with the guys around 10a for breakfast to share with them our amazing finds. It is a fun tradition, and one we look forward to.
But it seems the retailers aren’t content with getting us up and out so early. They would rather not wait for us to wake up, so this year stores are opening at midnight! What? Not go to sleep after eating so much turkey – a known sleep-aid?! I love to shop so normally I would be onboard for late night shopping. Yet, if I stop and think more about this trend I can predict what’s happening. If they open at midnight this year, then next year they’ll open at 10p. If this is successful then the next year they’ll open at sunset! It could be we’re on the fast track to making “Thanksgiving the New Black!”
I doubt if my personal boycott of not shopping at midnight will buck this trend, but at least I’ll be the only one on Friday morning not so tired from burning the candles at both ends. And maybe I’ll be quicker to snatch that good deal.