POLL: Should Black Friday start on Thursday?

It's not just Black Friday anymore – some retailers open their doors for super sales on Thanksgiving instead of waiting until midnight of the wee hours of the morning. But should they? 

Should black Friday start on Thursday?

About Kellie Moore

Kellie Moore (formerly Kotraba) served as the editor and community manager of Columbia Faith & Values through summer 2014. Although she is originally from the West – Nevada and California – she’s now proud to call Missouri home. She currently teaches English at Fr. Tolton High School.

One Response to “POLL: Should Black Friday start on Thursday?”

  1. Kris Katarian

    While I abhor black Friday and it’s new cousin (charcoal gray?) Thursday, I have some compassion for those merchants who feel compelled to open their doors earlier and earlier. My father was a small businessman in a little town full of other small businesses. The term “big box stores” had not made an appearance in our local lexicon. Where we lived, there were no malls or shopping centers or chain stores. All the restaurants were locally-owned. This was small town American in the 1960′s.

    Back then, the Saturday after Thanksgiving was considered THE biggest shopping day of the year. It determined whether or not your business turned a profit, how well you could feed and clothe your family, if you could pay all your bills. For some reason, Friday wasn’t nearly the big shopping day as Saturdays. I guess back then, people were still enjoying Thanksgiving with their families. No one opened their businesses on Sunday; it was a much-needed day of rest. Also there was such a thing as Sunday Blue Laws.

    At age 13 I began working for my father every Saturday and school vacation during the Christmas shopping season, right up until the doors closed about 7 pm on Christmas Eve. Those days were very busy, helping customers pick out Christmas gifts for their friends and families, working the cash register, stocking new merchandise, and wrapping presents, all while humming along with the seasonal music on the radio. Dad was a perplexing mixture of joy and worry during this time of year. He was nervous but kept a cheery demeanor to our customers, bringing his anxiety home with him every night. It’s tough to be happy when you’re worried sick about taking care of your family.

    Of course, I was a young teenager and sort of clueless about his emotional conflict. He was a devout Christian, and while we never spoke about it, I’ve come to believe that a big part of his mental struggle rose from needing to focus on selling stuff to people instead of celebrating the joyous birth of Jesus. We headed off to Christmas Eve services at church immediately after locking the doors to the store. Despite being exhausted from work and mental worry, attending services at church was still the foremost thought in his mind.

    So whenever Black Friday rolls around, I board an emotional roller coaster of detesting other peoples’ obsession with shopping, tempered by the knowledge that for some people, it is the reason for the season.

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