Traditions change over time — Some for the good and others for the bad. As the holiday season approaches, there is one tradition, started within the past two decades, that in our opinion is much more for the bad than good.
As early as 10 years ago, the popular thing to do after Thanksgiving dinner (and the cleanup if you were the lucky household to host) was to get up the next morning, around 6 or 7 a.m., drive on over to the local department store and see what there was to buy in a tradition that started to be called, “Black Friday.”
Why black? Because this one shopping day created so much revenue for stores, it was the day that their books went from being in the red (debt) to being in the black (profit).
Since then, things have started to change, and not, we feel, for the better. A 6 a.m. opening became 5 a.m. Not to be outdone, the competitor started opening their doors at 4 a.m., then 3 a.m., 2 a.m., 1 a.m. and even midnight Black Friday.
Last year, the wave of tradition going wrong breached over the sea wall, spilling over into Thanksgiving Day with stores starting their deals and specials as early as 6 p.m.
The tidal wave has continued into this year as more and more stores have announced that, instead of giving their employees the day off to be with family and friends and to prepare for the onslaught of Black Friday customers, many are going to keep their doors open Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28 and start the deals even earlier. These businesses include K-mart, Target, Sears, Best Buy, Toys R Us, Macy’s, J.C. Penny, Kohl’s and Wal-Mart, to name a few.
Some of these stores will still wait until the evening to open, while others will operate Thanksgiving Day as if it were Aug. 28.