November 16, 2012

It’s A Black Friday Adventure

Subtract Indiana Jones, and add cheap stuff, enormous crowds, and an annual upheaval. It’s almost that time.

The Christmas music starts before Halloween, and the sales start on Thanksgiving Day! I wouldn’t normally be complaining if it were actually about Christmas, but it’s all about the holiday season, money, and extravagant spending to “stimulate the economy”.

This is getting crazy though.

For the first time in their store’s history Wal-Mart is opening it’s doors on Thanksgiving Day for early Black Friday sales. They follow other retail giants Sears, Toys-R-Us, and Target. Some of the latter of these stores started their sales last year at midnight on Thanksgiving, but I guess that just wasn’t enough; now they’re taking over the day of thanks!

Wal-Mart, Toys-R-Us and Sears will be opening at 8pm Thanksgiving evening. Target will wait until 9pm. They’re all offering crazy ridiculous deals like $100 32” flat screen LCD televisions, and $600 diamond jewelry for $100, but the offers won’t last.

Black Thursday is even the new Black Friday according to CNN.

What happened to the green bean casserole, turkey, family and friends, and watching football? That’s all cold left overs when it comes to shopping? What a shame.

Now, hoards of people-small oceans of humanity, will be spilling into the parking lots, and hovering around doors waiting anxiously for them to open while normal people eat and share their thanks.

Retail titan Nordstrom is one of the few who has recently expressed some discontent with the Christmas invasion taking over Thanksgiving. I love it.

In fact, I agree with them. Whatever happened to celebrating one holiday at a time? I used to be a real scrooge before my wife and I met (she’s a Christmas nut), but it was only because the world began stuffing Christmas down our throats before all the Halloween costumes were even off the shelves. I know I can’t be the only one.

Anyhow, back to black Friday.

Here are a few things that I’ve recently learned about it, and thought were worthy of sharing. I’m a fool for useless little factoids.

The term “Black Friday” was coined in the 1960s to mark the kickoff to the Christmas shopping season. “Black” refers to stores moving from the “red” to the “black,” back when accounting records were kept by hand, and red ink represented a loss, and black a profit. Ever since the start of the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924, the Friday after Thanksgiving has been affectionately known as the unofficial start to a humming holiday shopping season.

There’s also a cyber version creatively christened, Cyber Black Friday, which in my mind is a little less intrusive on the holiday since it probably wouldn’t take away from the festivities as much. The site also lists the specials from the culprits above if you’re interested.

In conclusion, go spend time with your family before you go spend your money on them. I promise, there’s no replacement for quality time. Love can’t be bought, can it?

Image Credit: Photos.com

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