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Since I'm a journalist, I typically do not voice my opinion on things happening the news. I avoid topics like politics, religion, and anything else that might be considered controversial. Of the now 1,031 posts on this blog, about 90% of them are about wrestling. But after weeks of letting this fester, I think now is the time to share with the world.
I saw a post on Facebook recently that became the straw that broke the camel's back. In short, it suggested that because Black Friday shopping has seeped into Thanksgiving, that the holiday is dead or at least dying. I disagree for a number of reasons, and if you're in the retail business and reading this, I apologize if my words offend you.
I have worked every Thanksgiving since 2003. Thursday will mark my 11th consecutive Thanksgiving at work. I'm not saying that to complain, but rather to let you know where I'm coming from as I write this post. While I'm at it, I have worked more Christmases than I've been off in my years in TV news too. It's something that comes with the territory.
|Black Friday madness|
If you do plan to boycott the malls and stores on Thanksgiving, are you going to also not watch the news? What about the football games that will be on TV all day or the holiday tradition of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade? It's not just the people you see on the screen working, but also the hundreds of behind the scenes folks running cameras, directing the show, and producing things. They're all working too. Skip the movies that night, as the men and women at the theater are also spending their holiday away from home, and don't turn on the radio either.
One of the many who work on Thanksgiving
I know this comes as no comfort to the men and women in retail who will spend their first Thanksgiving at work. That's where new traditions can be born. You may not be able to eat turkey and the trimmings on Thursday, perhaps a weekend celebration will work out for you.
In closing, I don't think stores being open will kill the concept of Thanksgiving. When I was a kid, stores were closed on Sundays. Target, Walmart, Venture, even the malls were closed. Maybe this was just a thing in Missouri, but when stores did open on Sundays, death did not come to that day. It's changed sure, but we've all adapted to those changes.
After work of course