So, I do not normally like to rant and rave but I have to speak up on this graphic that is blowing up my Facebook newsfeed. So many people are going crazy over the stores opening on Thanksgiving and so worried about the people that “have” to work. Before I go off and explain why this sign kills me, do you ever think that some people may volunteer to work? Some people may not even celebrate Thanksgiving! And, there are going to be so many shoppers (like me!) who are going to be appreciative of the fact that the stores are open!
I am an avid Black Friday shopper. Without the amazing sales that are offered during that time, my children would not have a Christmas. I repeat-My children would NOT have a Christmas! My family has chosen to move Thanksgiving to Saturday for the plain fact that Black Friday is by far one of the most important ways we can actually afford to buy presents for our children that’s prices would normally be way out of our reach. You should be thankful every day, not just on Thanksgiving. We still celebrate, just on a different day.
I spend close to a month collecting coupons and researching prices. I make a spreadsheet of all the places I am going to go, what time they open and what I am buying. Every once in awhile, I will find myself inside of Yankee Candle buying a candle for myself but Black Friday is all about making sure the kids are set! When shopping for a 9 year old who still strongly believes in Santa, she expects that she will get a few items off her Christmas list which are usually the most ridiculously priced things ever! You cannot tell a 9 year old that Santa is broke this year so you do not get any presents. Or a 15 year old whose friends all have the latest and greatest technology while she sits holding on to an old flip phone. Who doesn’t want to see the glimmer of excitement in their childrens eye when they get that one present they have been dreaming for? That few seconds of pure joy is totally worth celebrating our Thanksgiving on a different day.
The sales on Black Friday are ridiculous. Most stores offer you rock bottom prices, free stuff for waiting in line, free items for coming in to the store, allow you to stack multiple coupons on one purchase simply because it is Black Friday (this is usually the one time a year that stores allow that). This is literally the ONLY time of year you where the retailers cater to you! How can I give that up? With a $200 budget (sometimes less) on a yearly basis to make sure both girls have an amazing Christmas this is seriously the ONLY time where my $200 is really worth a thousand, if not more dollars. To go out and purchase the items I am able to get on Black Friday on any other day, would cost me more than quadruple the amount it costs me on this one very special day.
So, remember, as you are boycotting Black Friday shopping and stores opening on Thanksgiving Day, there are people in the world who are so thankful that this day exists. People who look forward to this time of year every single year. This day is my glimmer of joy in my eyes. This is my sign of hope. That I as a struggling parent who can barely afford to make ends meet, can still give my family an amazing Christmas. So, that being said, I want to thank all of you who do give up your “Holiday” to come work and check me out at the cash register, or help me find what I am looking for on Black Friday. For what you have given up to spend the day/night helping me (and others just like me) is just something that cannot be explained. It is absolutely priceless. Without you, our families would not have that amazing Christmas. You act of kindness for putting yourself second and your job first, has touched many more lives than you can ever imagine. As you are ringing out that new iPhone or baby doll, think of the smile on a child’s face on Christmas morning opening that very present and knowing it was all because of YOU ♥