Shopping on Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving has been an annual event for all US states since Abraham Lincoln fixed the date in 1863. For 150 years, Thanksgiving has been a time for families to spend time together, eat good food, and pass on traditions. Thanksgiving observations were always centered around the home. People either stayed home or went to a relative’s house to have dinner together. Some charity events have  a dinner for people who are either poor or don’t have anyone to spend the day with.

The Friday following Thanksgiving is the heaviest shopping day of the year. It has been that way for years, since people wanted to get an early start on their Christmas shopping. Also, since many people are staying with family, they can go shopping together and decide what people will want for Christmas.

Eventually stores, most especially franchised department stores, started giving deals for the day after Thanksgiving. The day became known as “Black Friday”. Crowds lined up hours before opening time in order to get great deals on things like video game systems, DVD players, wide-screen TVs, and many other things on sale. The typical Black Friday shopping spree is one of chaos, with a maze of carts and people. People commonly fought over things, as the best deals went fast.

The madness was saved for Friday. Black Friday became a sort of holiday of its own. Then in 2012, Wal-Mart, one of the main destinations for Black Friday shoppers, decided to open its doors on the evening Thanksgiving day. This created lots of backlash from people who felt that is wrong. Yet Wal-Mart made sales at 5,000 per second on Thanksgiving 2012.

Now in 2013, many other stores are now opening on Thanksgiving evening, trying to compete with other stores for people’s money.

The opening of stores on Thanksgiving is sickening. It is forcing workers to not be able to spend the entire holiday with their families. Of course there will always be some people that will have to work on the day, like security guards and doctors, yet there should be as less people at work as possible. The day is there for people to stop and give thanks for the things in their life that give them blessings.

Thanksgiving was the ONE holiday that wasn’t commercialized. The commercialization of Christmas was saved until Thanksgiving was over. Now the commercialization is spilling over into Turkey Day. This trend is alarming. 

Now, people do have a choice as to whether or not they shop on Thanksgiving. Yet having the stores open is still having workers be there, and some people will do it anyways. There is no reason why shops stay closed on Thursday. They will make enough money to break even. Yet they are stuck in GREED.

Well, here is a list of stores that are NOT open on Thursday:

Cabella’s

Costco

Ace Hardware

Apple

Nordstrom

Home Depot

T.J. Maxx

Dillard’s Inc.

B.J.’s Wholesale Club

 

Stores open on Thanksgiving:

Kmart

Big Lots

Dollar General

Rite Aid

Gander Mountain

Walgreens

CVS

Lord & Taylor

Old Navy

Michael’s

Babies “R” Us

Toys “R” Us

Best Buy

Sports Authority

Walmart

Abercrombie & Fitch

Bon-Ton

Dick’s Sporting Goods

Express

Hollister

h.h.gregg

J.C. Penney

Kohl’s:

Macy’s:

Office Depot

OfficeMax

Sears

Staples

Target

 

Lady Gaga’s Flying Dress

Lady Gaga just revealed her latest fashion faux pas. The artist known to have worn outlandish getup like a meat dress and showed up at an awards ceremony in a giant egg; now has a flying dress. Yes–a dress that helps her to fly.

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Gaga has a dress with a metal bodice that is attached to six turbines that can take her off the ground. She calls the contraption “Volantis”.

Being a singer isn’t just about singing, it’s also about having a great stage presence. Yet Gaga takes that to a new level. She does have good music for a singer of today.  She really doesn’t have to do such weird stuff to be a good artist. Yet that is what Lady Gaga is known for, her strange antics and costumes.

Many years ago musicians relied mostly on their musical talent to have a good performance. They knew how to capture an audience mostly with their music, and they also did know how to act in front of their fans. In the last few decades, many pop and rock artists have gotten very vulgar and outlandish in order to outdo other people and to get publicity. This trend is unnecessary. Buddy Holly wasn’t rubbing his genitals in front of the crowds and Petula Clark wasn’t wearing a pair of pasties while singing “Downtown”. Both are still loved to this day.

These days theatrics and wild costumes are what makes much of people’s shows.

Well, now, I think I’ll put on some Bach.