For decades the day after Thanksgiving has been known as the busiest shopping day of the year, resulting in the term ‘black Friday’ among retailers. Being ‘in the black’ is a good thing for a company which might be operating at a loss or have fairly low profits.
For a number of years Black Friday has almost taken on a holiday feel of its own. Initially retailers would open their doors as early as 6am on Friday offering several items at a greatly reduced price. Eventually those times got earlier and earlier until this year when they were opening as early as 4pm on Thanksgiving. Not cool, retailers, not cool at all. We have opted to boycott any store that opened on Thanksgiving, Not just for Black Friday but the entire season.
Because I haven’t been home for a number of years we decided to totally submerge ourselves in every tradition possible. Including Black Friday — though we really couldn’t think of a particular item we were looking to purchase. But, waking up early on Friday and heading into town just felt like the thing to do. More than anything I love watching parents shopping for their small children, or the kids looking for that perfect gift for a sibling or friend, and the pet owners seeking out that little holiday treat for the furry member of the family. For me that’s what the holidays are really about… the giving aspect of it all.
Unfortunately, Black Friday isn’t such a calm, pleasant experience for many. The news has reported several criminal acts among shoppers, but nothing local to us. I like to believe living in a small town insulates us from much of the big city crime. So far people have been shot at, stabbed, and trampled while out shopping last night and today. If acquiring an items means you have to commit a crime to do it, then clearly you should be focusing on more important things in life.
This year we’re looking really forward to Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Being small business owners ourselves we always go out of our way to shop local. Knowing that we’re helping to support our community while shopping is such a great feeling. Our favorite being Paws at the Corner. Imagine that.
Hoping you all got your fill of Turkey and refrained from committing crimes on Black Friday!