Am I the only one feeling weird that Christmas is in the forefront right now? Especially since we haven’t even had time to be thankful like enjoying family on Thanksgiving?
I have always loved Christmas and that is mainly due to my mother loving the holiday. She made me love it as much as she did. Her decorating and her cookies she only baked during the Christmas holidays. Even when she didn’t have much, she tried to make our Christmas special. But nowadays, Christmas seems to be coming much sooner and it makes me feel funny.
Thanksgiving should be a time you spend giving thanks, eating gargantuan amounts of delicious foods and spending time with family and enjoying each other’s company. As I have learned over the last few years, not everyone is able to be present the following year. This year I am even sad for those who work in retail. Unlike so many years before, retailers want buyer’s money and they are starting early. Early as in 6 pm on Thanksgiving evening. This means if you want a normally big ticket item you need to be in line many hours before 6 pm. Now, sales associates must cut their family time short in order to make sure they accommodate our demands to get something for less. Oh, and there is less time between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, which limits the shopping time. Who is greedier the retailers or us?
On my second job, the owner asked if we wanted to open on Friday. I haven’t in the 20 years working there worked the weekend after Thanksgiving. I spend the time with family and decorating for Christmas. Last time I worked after Thanksgiving I was in undergrad. A long time ago. I digress. The other manager was like she was fine working after Thanksgiving. I was like you all are bsing and I am just going to be honest. Although I am not working that weekend, I don’t think it would be beneficial to open on Friday instead of our usual Saturday, because most shoppers will be out on Thursday evening and Friday morning. No one will be eating with us, because we aren’t fast food. Or let’s be serious, not enough to pay for the lights, gas and labor. So we are closed that Friday. My workers were grateful, because they wanted to do some Black Friday shopping.
I understand why folks want to start earlier with the sales, but it just starts to lose it specialness when you have to leave your family to hit the sales. Some folks will take the whole family with them shopping. I have seen too many lost kids looking for their parents in the stores. However, sitting around the living room, den or kitchen reminiscing about things with the folks you love is too special to interrupt it to get something on sale. For me. I am not sure if I am even going out this year. Since I refuse on everything beautiful and glorious to mail gifts this year, I don’t have much to purchase and most things I can get for a great price online. Really Black Friday shopping was the one thing my sister and I did for our own bonding. Nothing like getting out bed before dawn to stand in lines to get cheap shit. And talk beaucoup smack during the process. I am going to miss that this year.
Thanksgiving is the holiday I give thanks and spend time with family. Christmas for me is nostalgic and reminds me of my mother and at my age, gifts for me are nonexistent. Plus, I prefer to give more than receive so I bake cookies and make gifts for folks. I just don’t want the specialness of Thanksgiving to get lost in spirit of sales for Christmas.