I love Thanksgiving. It's my favorite holiday of the year. So when I venture out during the month of November, I'm slightly annoyed to hear Christmas music piped into retail stores or to see giant, inflatable snowmen at The Home Depot. (Yes, I do secretly want one, but only after Thanksgiving.) I get mailers about Christmas presents, and when I bother turning on the TV or radio, I'm bombarded by Christmas commercials. Bah humbug!
Black Friday starts on Thursday
It seems like every year there's more of an effort to crowd out Thanksgiving. For instance, Black Friday no longer starts the Friday after Thanksgiving. Many retailers now open on Thanksgiving Day. Paul Ausick reports for MSN:
So I started thinking about why it matters to me. What's the big deal about crazy sales taking over Thanksgiving? It's not like I'll be out there in the shopping chaos anyway. But I think the reason actually has a lot to do with personal finance principles.Thanksgiving, unlike Christmas or Valentine's Day, seems to be one of the few holidays that retailers haven't been able to capitalize off of. Sure, there are retail items here and there, like maybe some turkey-themed napkins or paper plates or something, but there's no tradition of gift exchange, so there's no way to exploit our gift-giving obligations or to play off the pressure to get our loved ones "the perfect present."