Oh yes. And more commonly known, PRE-2010, as #THANKSGIVING.
What the hell, big box stores!? You are opening at 6pm? That's so @&*%ing ridiculous that I cannot even gather my thoughts to compose this post. Someone is reading this saying 1.) "no one forces anyone to go shopping." Someone else is reading this saying 2.)"who cares what time they open? It's allowing me more time to plan my evening."
Here is my rebuttal:
1.) I like Thanksgiving. It's one of my favorite holidays. I don't want to cut it short to go stand in line for the crap that I think someone in my family needs. I want to have the holiday, AND THEN go stand in line and drop sharp elbows to people getting pushy around the crap I think I need after JUST being thankful for all the stuff that I have (that I don't use...that I just store and organize). That's what I want to do. Furthermore, I live in New effing York. It's expensive to live here. For the love of Pilgrims, have you seen our gas prices? They're lower than they've been in a half of a decade and they're still like 40 cents higher per gallon than anywhere else. We get taxed for everything. I sneeze and get a tax bill in the mail saying I owe something for it. I can't afford NOT to shop on Black Friday.
Which brings up someone else's thought: You need to realign your priorities so that your family members don't want for so much and they see the value in simplicity.
Frickin' good point. I'll get right on that. I'm sure my entire family will love a scarf which I will painstakingly make from dryer lint and bathroom drain hair. I'll surely wrap that b**ch up in recycled paper bags that I dug out of the recycling bin at the grocery store. Don't worry, it will have a burlap bow too, making it extra fancy. I'm sure I'll find a pattern on the homemade christmas board on Pinterest....
Oh, and to the person who was thinking "who cares what time they open? It allows me to spread my evening out..." Let me ask you a question. What's special about standing in line at a store at 6pm on a Thursday night? My friend Shari and I had this conversation and we determined there is NOT A DAMN THING special about that. You can shop on Thursday nights at 6pm. You can shop at most stores at 9pm. But you are not supposed to be shopping at 2am in a store unless it's the most magical grocery store on Earth, #Wegmans, and you are drunk. So, by starting at 6pm, you will get the crap you think you need but you don't and you will go home at a reasonable hour, and will not be craving lunch at 8am like in previous years. #lame.
Economic materialism has impacted these stores to open earlier and earlier and release their ads months ahead of
So, to recap, Thanksgiving is now to be cut ridiculously short, and shopping on Black Friday doesn't even matter because all the good deals will already be over, and all the stores will look like Fallujah, post-invasion. I mean, what are people supposed to do on Friday?
Perhaps I'm just bitter over this, but in my opinion, the deals kind of suck this year, anyway. I'll be busy though, because I have some dryer lint and hair to knit into a scarf. I wonder what I washed that was red?