It seems that more and more stores are opening their doors to shoppers on Thanksgiving instead of waiting until what was once the traditional “Black Friday”. For my state of Massachusetts, this doesn’t apply. Stores cannot open on Thanksgiving, thanks to the existing “Blue Laws”.
For years there has been a great deal of bellyaching from consumers regarding stores that are open on Thanksgiving. I can see their point. After all, Thanksgiving is a holiday meant to be spent with the family, not shopping or even worse–working. For the employees who feel they are being wronged for having to work on turkey day, consider these points:
1. If you were an emergency room nurse or doctor you probably would be working.
2. If you were a chef, waitress or restaurant owner you probably would be working.
3. You will be earning extra money.
4. Thanksgiving is a day where we have a meal. We do that every day. It’s just a bigger meal but it shouldn’t be an all day food-fest. If it is, you are missing the meaning behind Thanksgiving.
5. You can still have your Thanksgiving dinner when you are done working.
6. Just think of all the family bickering you get to miss!
7. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has become quite lame. You won’t be missing anything.
8. Working on Thanksgiving may not be as bad as working on Black Friday. Sure the stores have Thanksgiving Day sales, but they usually are not as lucrative sales as the ones on Black Friday.
9. Just think of all the calories you’ll save in not being able to eat as much. Plus you’ll burn some calories as you work.
10. When you took a job in retail, this is something you should have thought about.
As a veteran Black Friday shopper I’m trying something new this year. Luckily I live near the Connecticut border. Since I have to head that way to pick up one of my relatives for dinner, I’m going to stop in at KMart for their Thanksgiving Day sale. Then later on that day when I bring my relative home, I’m planning on hitting the 24-hour Walmart for their sale that starts at 6:00 p.m. Assuming I can get all I need to get in Connecticut, this can free me up to go home, have another piece of pie, rest a bit and gear up for the Holyoke Mall at midnight.
The beauty of stores opening earlier and earlier is that I get done shopping earlier. Instead of spending my entire Friday out and about shopping like I used to in the past, I’ll be home by late morning and I’ll have the rest of the day to do what I want. Works for me!