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Why Do We Shop On Thanksgiving?

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In recent years. i.e. the last 10 years, Thanksgiving shopping has been a trend that is, in my opinion, unacceptable. Thanksgiving is a time that family should spend together.  Thanksgiving is a time we should have to be thankful for everything we have. Granted, that should be every day, but… Thanksgiving is NOT a time that people should have to leave their families to go to work if they’re not in a job that it is necessary. Necessary jobs include Hospitals, Police Stations, Fire Departments and yes, even gas stations.


Thanksgiving used to be a day that families came together and just enjoyed their time together. It is now a tool that stores use in deeply discounting prices (after raising them) for a certain period of time. Forcing, not only their employees to leave their families festivities, but also forcing the customers to leave their families to go shopping for that perfect gift.

Well, to be honest, the perfect gift for me? Time with the family. We may disagree and argue, but, family is family.  I get that people say “Well, customers go out to go shopping on this day. Why blame the stores?” Because the stores put that temptation in front of people who are looking for a great deal. I absolutely refuse to shop on Thanksgiving.


It just seems that Thanksgiving is not as important of a day together as it used to be. I’d like to know, how did Thanksgiving become such an advertised day for people to go shopping instead of spending their holiday with family?

Do you shop on Thanksgiving? What made you start doing so if you did? Am I being old fashioned in how I feel and this is just the new way of life?

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