Personally, I find it silly that department stores open up on Thanksgiving for early Black Friday deals. True, people want the best bargain possible and think earlier is better. Although, no one’s really proven that’s actually true.
But, I tend to sympathize with the workers who have to put up with these crazed shoppers. Sure, some workers don’t celebrate the holiday and could use the extra money. At the same time, however, you know there are workers who don’t want to leave their families to clock in.
Thankfully, the push to end the pre-Black Friday sales seems to be taking hold. Even more stores announced they won’t open their doors this Thanksgiving. So, if you planned on spending some $$$ after scarfing down some turkey, you might have to sit this year out.
WFSB reports that a decent amount of Connecticut stores will keep the lights off over the family holiday. About 50 stores announced they have no intention on celebrating the biggest shopping day early.
And for that, I say thank you. Thank you for your sanity and compassion. Thank you for abstaining from this materialistic culture that cheapens Thanksgiving year after year.
First the sales started around 9pm, perfect for an after dinner escapade. Then stores started opening earlier and earlier until it became a competition on who’d be first to open.
I always remember Thanksgiving as a massive family holiday. First, my sister and I would clamor around the TV to watch the Macy’s parade before putting on our nice dresses to go to our Great Grandmother’s house.
And her house would be packed to the brim with aunts, uncles, cousins, second cousins… just one giant Polish melting pot.
Even after Great Grandma passed and family drifted apart, I still can’t wrap my mind around spending Thanksgiving anywhere else but home.
Besides, Thanksgiving used to be one of those guaranteed days off for workers. What happened? And will things start going back to the old status quo now that more stores started pushing back against early opening?
Only time will tell. But, for now, if you wish to support stores that refuse to cave to the pressure – shop at these 50 stores. Because, if people vote with their cash, maybe we’ll finally see the end of “Now open on Thanksgiving” advertisements.