Black Friday no more

Black Friday

On Thanksgiving day, 2013, large-scale retailers will be opening their doors at 6 p.m. to sales-seekers who would normally be seen on the prowl on the famed “Black Friday.”

Not only does this strategical move prove as further proof of capitalist greed, but it encourages millions to disregard the meaning of a 150-year holiday tradition; the irony of this situation is humorous because, go figure, the point of Thanksgiving isn’t about needing to acquire more things.

The point of Thanksgiving is to acknowledge the materials we own and reflect on all that we have, whether it be good relationships, contentedness in achievement, or good health, and to be thankful for them; for one day, we are supposed to be content with what we have and understand that a roof over your head and a full stomach is much more than many have.

Instead, the attention of the holiday will be detracted from the time spent with close family, which we seem to have a hard enough time doing given peoples’ attachment to technology these days, and directed at finishing the meal so that mom and dad can rush over to Walmart. It is no wonder that, with Christmas commercials beginning on Nov. 1, people would be so keen as to skip an actual holiday to prepare for the ultimate money-hole that is the late-December celebrations.

Taking into account the argument that perhaps these gifts are intended for people outside of immediate family, where the gifts would be shared with said buyer, it could still be seen as shallow to throw away the holiday of giving thanks. It is a flawed concept to believe that buying an item for someone is a greater expression of caring than (getting cheesy here) something that came from the heart.

Corporations like Walmart, Best Buy, Kmart, and J.C. Penny need to take a step back and respect, not only a federal holiday, but the holiday which posses an opposition to greed and material longing.

Abraham Lincoln would turn in his grave to hear that people will be trading in their moments of thanks and post-feast naps for an opportunity to trample old-ladies to get to a half-priced Keurig-coffee maker.

By Megan Reynolds

reynolds.megan@oakwoodschools.org

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