The giving of thanks and the buying of stuff

Today the our neighbors to the south celebrate thanksgiving, a day of food, family and football.  It’s also a time to look at what you have and be thankful. I was thinking a lot about that tonight. Thinking about how thankful I am to have my little family. Of course looking at the American thanksgiving from afar, it’s hard to see it as a holiday for giving thanks  any more. With all the Black Friday sale ads, that seem to take over the airwaves in the weeks leading up to it.  I don’t understand how it got so big, so quick. I don’t remember hearing about Black Friday 10 years ago. Maybe it was there and I just didn’t see it. I do know that way to many Canadian retailers are jumping on the bad wagon.  What’s worse is how early the retailers are opening. It used to be that they’d open at six the day after thanksgiving. Now I’ve seen them opening as early as 8pm on thanksgiving. Thank just seems wrong. I know they are supposed to have great sales, but I can’t help but think that it’s only on a few items that it’s really worth the trip. Most things wont be such a great deal, It will look like one but when you do the math you will see it’s a scam. Just because it’s on ‘Sale’ doesn’t mean it’s a good deal. But I’m sure tonight and tomorrow morning thousands of people will head to the stores to cash in on the savings. I just hope nobody get’s hurt this year. It seems so senseless when you hear of people being trampled to death, or paper spread in the throngs of bargain hunters.

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