I have seen countless amounts of posts on social media these past few days, scorning people for shopping on Thanksgiving and Black Friday – to the point where it has gotten down right annoying.
While I am not an advocate for making people work on holidays (and I think it’s ridiculous to “camp out”), I thought I would share with you a few reasons as to why we DO shop on thanksgiving (in the evening) and on Black Friday. Granted, we do not shop every single year on Black Friday or Thanksgiving, but we do many years!
1. We are thankful all year long.
Of course, we have our unthankful moments. But for the most part, I’d say we’re a pretty thankful family. It blows my mind to think that there are some families who do not make more time than 1 day a year to sit down at a table together to give thanks. And, let’s be honest here,
do you even give thanks while sitting around with extended family?
Or do you talk about the football game, or gossip to your aunt about all the recent family drama.
We make an effort to spend at least 3 nights a year with extended family on all sides, for a total of 12 times a year which comes out to once a month with different people in our family (parents, grandparents, siblings). We have quite a bit of family members on each side of our family to spend time with – why try to cram them all into 30 mins during each three major holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter) out of the year?
2. I am more concerned with people having to work 7 days a week (Sundays) than having to work on Thanksgiving.
And you should be too, especially if you believe in the Biblical guidelines of “family”. Sundays are our family days as most of the time my husband has to work away from the home on Saturdays.
Maybe it’s time for us to be more concerned with what our families look like all year long, rather than just during the holidays.
3. We are a tight budget family.
We believe in saving money and we shop for consignment prices. If we can purchase things brand new rather than used, at consignment prices, you better believe we’re going to take advantage of it. We also don’t spend a lot on Christmas presents, so if we can get more for less, we will.
4. We buy functional things for our household.
That’s right, we don’t just buy things for others, we buy a lot of functional things for ourselves – things that are wearing down (pots and pans, for example), or clothes that we don’t typically spend money on throughout the year. This goes along with our tight budget plan.
We make things work until we know we can get them brand new when the sales begin. For example, I had been holding out on getting a new microwave (mine broke a few months before), because I know I can get a brand new one at a low price versus getting a used one on consignment that could break in 3 months.
The same goes for other household appliances, business needs (since we are both self-employed), clothing, fabrics for clothing, food (you can get lots of canned goods at low prices!), computer hardware & software that would otherwise break the bank, sheets & comforters, dishes/pots & pans, blankets, self-sufficiency items (for our backyard animals and ‘homestead’), and so much more.
5. Last but not least, it’s a time of joy and fun with my little family.
We love the excitement of being able to go out and spend the entire day together. We do a lot of window shopping, without the “shopping” part sometimes. But we enjoy saying, “well, if I had this, this is how I’d use it”…all while being extremely thankful for the simple life that we have chosen to live.
Yes, I think it is awful to ask people to work on Thanksgiving. I think it’s completely unfair to ask anyone to work on Christmas (which many of our local retail stores do not ask of their employees anymore). But I also think it is silly to be in an uproar about people shopping on a holiday that so much of the world doesn’t even care about 364 days out of the year.
I get it, this isn’t for everyone. But don’t judge someone just because it’s not your method of family time.
Thanksgiving evening and Black Friday shopping are things that are beneficial to my family. Could we live without them? Certainly. But that doesn’t mean we get to be judgmental of those who decide to take advantage of good deals.
Maybe it’s time for America to put the important things into proper order – make family time more important all year long, and be thankful every day, not just the holidays.
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18