Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Not just because of the food and gathering with family and friends, but because of what the holiday is really about.
Thanksgiving is an American holiday, proclaimed to give thanks to God for all of our bountiful blessings that He has bestowed on us personally and as a nation. Our Founding Fathers acknowledged thanks to God for winning the Revolutionary War and establishing the new nation. All of the odds were against the colonial troops and George Washington knew that it was only through the grace and mercy of God that he won the war and freed us from the tyranny of Great Britain.
At Thanksgiving, I like to emphasize God’s sovereign grace and mercy in all that He has done in my life, the lives of my family members and our nation, but it has been harder to find things to be thankful for when it comes to the current condition of our nation.
For decades, virtually every store around would close on Thanksgiving so their employees could spend it with their families. At one time, you didn’t really see that many Christmas items or decoration up until the weekend after Thanksgiving. That’s still the rule in my house. I don’t allow any Christmas music or decorations before Thanksgiving. I insist on concentrating on the national day to give thanks.
Slowly, retailers began to display Christmas merchandise just before Thanksgiving, and then it was on the shelves by the beginning of November. When I was a retail manager a few years back, it used to annoy me that we had to start setting up Christmas displays by September 15. This totally over shadowed Thanksgiving and took away the importance of the holiday.
Then stores started offering specially discounted sales the day after Thanksgiving and the Friday after soon became known as Black Friday. At first most retailers offered the special sale prices for the first 1-2 hours that the store opened. Then some retailers got greedy and decided to open a couple hours early. Then they started opening at 5 a.m. then 3 a.m. and then midnight.
Now greed is rising even higher than before and some stores decided to start opening Thanksgiving Day evening. Employees were allowed to spend the day with their family and friends and then hurry off to work.
Now, every other day I’m hearing of another store chain in the area that is going to open their doors early Thanksgiving Day. Since sales are expected to be so heavy, most of the employees have no choice but to spend the day of thanks away from family and friends and with throngs of shoppers, many of which aren’t thankful for anything. The only thing millions of employees will be thankful for is that they still have a job in today’s economy. I wonder how long it will take for Thanksgiving to become known as Black Thursday? Before long, Black Thursday and Friday will be moved up to the day after Halloween.
Greed has become the Grinch that not only stole Christmas, but has now stolen Thanksgiving as well. I for one refuse to give in to the greedy Grinch and not only refuse to shop on Thanksgiving Day, but I also refuse to shop on Black Friday. My values and morals are more important to me than getting a good deal on something that I really don’t need anyway.