Thanksgiving Day used to be known as a time to give thanks to God for His blessings, a great turkey dinner, spending quality time with family, and watching football.
Now, it is becoming known as just another day to shop and spend money. How sad.
My daughter Joanna and I established a father/daughter tradition years ago where I would take her shopping on “Black Friday.” It wasn’t the most pleasant thing I ever did (getting up at 4 a.m. to go stand in long lines, usually in frigid weather), but it meant a lot to her and we have continued it for the most part. The only problem now is that a lot of major stores are opening earlier and earlier, with many stores having major sales on Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is a family holiday. When stores open on Thanksgiving it takes employees away from their families.
A recent nationwide survey of U.S. consumers indicate that at least 50 percent of those polled say that opening stores on Thanksgiving Day is a bad idea, according to a news release from LifeWay Christian Resources.
One Target (a major nationwide retailer) employee has initiated an online petition asking Target to give employees the day off. To date, more than 90,000 people have signed the petition and more than 100,000-people have “liked” the Facebook group, “Boycott Black Thursday.”
I applaud LifeWay Christian Stores. They have resisted the urge to engage in “retail wars” on Thanksgiving Day. They will remain closed in order for employees to spend time with their families. May more large retail companies follow suit.
Avoid the temptation to shop on Thanksgiving Day and spend it with your family. You can “shop until you drop” on Black Friday!