Shopping on Black Friday seems as traditional as turkey and pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. Those early sale hours on Black Friday gave way some time ago to midnight sales and now this year many stores opened on Thanksgiving. Black Friday sales even started a week before Thanksgiving with some stores. As many as 33 million people were expected to shop on Thanksgiving day. Many decried Thanksgiving Day sales, questioning how fair it is to ask employees to work on a holiday and whether holiday sales diminish the holiday itself.
Since our churchwide offices are closed on Thanksgiving and today while staff enjoy time with family and friends, we’re dipping into our archives and offering up two reflections on the Black Friday phenomenon:
From 2012: When shopping is the holiday
From 2011: Shopping mad
So, are you reading this after coming home after several hours of shopping? What motivates you to push back from the Thanksgiving table and hit the stores? If you refrain from Black Friday shopping, why do you do that?
Photo by gadgetdude. Used with permission.