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The Irony of Black Friday

With each passing year, Thanksgiving is cherished tradition where time falls away, routine schedules are momentarily ignored, and plans are made to return home. It is a time of self-reflection, it is a time to see friends and family we do not have the chance to see frequently, it is a time of gratitude for the intangible item in life. But as the clock strikes midnight, our minds are stimulated to partake in Black Friday festivities–adding a sense of irony to the “giving” holiday.

Black Friday has routinely become the busiest shopping day of the year–people of all back rounds camping outside of malls for doors to open, sprinting through aisles, trying to avoid getting trampled. Over time, Black Friday has transformed into a day entirely based on pure materialism–completely contrasting the appreciation and gratitude created the day prior.

Stores are infringing further on the day of thanks as they will be opening earlier than every before. Renown businesses such as Dick’s Sporting Goods, Best Buy, Target, Macy’s, and Walmart will be opening at 5pm on Thanksgiving Day! At this rate, Thanksgiving will suffer the same fate a Christmas…completely turning into a day of commercialism while blurring the true moral of the holidays.

While many enjoy the excitement of Black Friday and the deals that follow, we must take a step back to truly asses what Thanksgiving means to us. Rather than pondering about where we can shop the next day, shift focus to the meaning of the day; embracing the holiday that makes coming home and seeing loved ones, possible, once again.

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