TODAY’S HOT TOPIC: Is the Commercialization of Christmas Destroying Thanksgiving?

    Black Friday is just around the corner! Personally, I’m not a fan of getting up in the wee hours in the hopes of grabbing the latest and greatest items on sale–it’s way too much pressure. Plus, I love my sleep! I recognize that it’s a tradition, though, and there are some people who live for the experience.

    But did you know that Black Friday is creeping into Thursday this year? Instead of opening their doors early Friday, some stores are opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving. There actually are shoppers already camping outside stores.

    I think this is so sad. Thanksgiving is a special American holiday. It’s a day when families come together to celebrate and give thanks for all the amazing blessings in their lives. It’s a day full of tradition: the turkey dinner, the football game on TV and sometimes the real game in the yard.

    Thanksgiving also is a day of service, when we remember and reach out to those in need.

    But for many retail workers, this day’s celebrations will be cut short or cancelled so that bargain hunters can get an even earlier start on their Christmas shopping.

    Are we losing touch with the important things in life? Is the commercialization of Christmas not only destroying our Thanksgiving celebrations, but also the real reason we celebrate Christmas?

    Ladies, if we don’t hold onto our family traditions, I feel they’ll slowly become lost in the hustle and bustle of commercialism. What do you think?

    Do you think Black Friday should leave Thanksgiving alone, or do you love that Christmas shopping comes earlier and earlier every year?

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    1. Black Friday has evolved into a grotesque annual ritual, and I hate having to hear on Friday afternoon how many shoppers have been killed so far in the stampedes. It’s disgusting and sad. You’re taking your life into your hands…for stuff?! The video clips on the news get worse every year; they’re absolutely terrifying.

    2. I never participate in these. Why should I get killed for a Xbox? Besides, I order most of my Christmas gifts from Amazon anyway.
      Parking a tent outside a store on Thanksgiving Day, is in my opinion, both ridiculous and disrespectful.

    3. I think that it’s very sad the workers are having to give up much of their Thanksgiving so they can open so early for Black Friday. Family-time shouldn’t be taken away from, because some of those workers don’t get much because they’re struggling to make ends meet. They might appreciate the extra money on the paycheck, but family-time is important. Especially in a country with so many divorces! Maybe if people had nice Thanksgivings, there wouldn’t be so many of those…

      I have nothing against Black Friday, don’t get me wrong! My mom and older sister have gone the past two years with a friend, and they really enjoyed it! It was a good way for them to spend some time together as well as get some Christmas shopping done. I do think that some people take it WAY to seriously, though… My mom and sister are only going to Half Price Books this year, because my mom wanted to either make her presents, or buy them from local dealers.

      I definitely think that opening any earlier than 12:00 midnight is a bad idea. And I feel really bad for those workers! (Especially those at Wal-Mart…)

    4. I think it is terrible that so many people have to be away from loved ones on Thanksgiving. It is just terrible that they are opening Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving night. Buying stuff is not what Christmas or Thanksgiving is about. My best friend and my boyfriend both have to work Thanksgiving. My boyfriend works at Wal-mart and has to work all day. He will miss both meals on Thanksgiving. It’s very sad what commercialization has done to our holidays. Thanksgiving is about being Thankful and being with loved ones. Christmas is about Christ.. not getting stuff!!

      • Peronally, i enjoy black friday shopping and have gone the last few years with my mom. I wish stores would go back to how it was a few years ago when they opened at 4 or 5 am which allowed many employees to not have to start working until late Thanksgiving night. I think stores are really crossing a bad line by starting so early. And as for the violence that only happens some places. Where I live everything is very peaceable and some churches have even come together to give doughnuts to shoppers and share the gospel while people are stuck outside waiting. Its actually the perfect chance to share Christ’s message because people cannot walk away

    5. Soon as November hits,what do you see?: A Christmas commerical on Tv of course. Only 1-3 Thanksgiving commericals. That is sad. Thanksgiving is when we give thankgs to God for being SO GOOD to us,which American doesen’t care to focus on. Can’t they just wait until December to show Christmas commericals,the month Christmas is celebrated? Duh. Even when Christmas season starts,they still don’t focus on the real reason it is celebrated,the birth of OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST! 🙁

    6. Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for what you already have, not swarm stores scrambling to get more! This is just me, but I don’t even think Black Friday should exist. There are better ways to get holiday bargains. But what we should be out to get, even more than cool presents, is the true joy of the day God came to earth! And a tradition in which shoppers scramble, get mean, and sometimes even commit crimes, just to get, get, get – and calling it “Christmas,” of all things! – doesn’t help. The presents are the icing on the cake (tinsel on the tree?) Christmas is about giving of yourself, spending time with the people you love, and singing and dancing and having a great time being thankful that the Maker of the universe came down from HEAVEN to be born in a barn as a helpless little baby, just because He loved us!

    7. Sadly, I live in Las Vegas, so the culture is already lost in commercialism here. God has me here for a reason, though. And this Black Friday thing: ridiculous!!!! Now people can’t even spend time with their own families??? Ugh. Its all greed and money, pray for a revival here in Vegas please 🙂

    8. I agree. This is getting even more out of control. This is a little off topic, but my poor mum is working today–she works for one of the biggest retail companies. I’d much rather spend time with her. I hope she’ll be ok because I know it can get really stressful there.

    9. I went to the movies with my mom after we ate Thanksgiving dinner and Sears was full of people. I think Black Friday is sad, especially for those who have to give up spending time with their family and friends to work. It is sad that people are willing to hurt others for material things. I remember last year a woman pepper sprayed a kid! 🙁 I don’t judge the people who do choose to go out and shop but that’s their choice. I would rather spend time with my family!

    10. I do believe that over commercialization is totally taking over the entire “holiday season” and is slowly… or actually faster than i want, creeping up earlier and earlier. Even halloween is a much bigger deal than it should be for businesses… ummmmmm…. halloween? not that big a deal. Thanksgiving? cant even watch disney channel without hearing dumb phrases like Pranksgiving… (no offense to anyone who watches it, but really, they should be showing tv that has special thanksgiving episodes of shows that emphasize family, like they used to…) and CHRISTmas? Yeah, it doesnt start until December and it is NOT all about the toys the clothes or the decorations. It is about family, friends, Love and most importantly the greatest Gift of all Jesus Christ.
      I for one had a great time with my family this thanksgiving, what about you all on here, hope yours was just as awesome as mine was!!

    11. This whole Black Friday ordeal has gotten completely out of hand. The idea of being able to go out the day AFTER Thanksgiving to get some good deals while Christmas shopping was a good idea. But it has evolved into something else entirely. I can’t believe that these stores would dare open Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving itself! Many Americans have lost the meanings of Christmas/Thanksgiving entirely, and sadly, it’s not that hard to see why. If someone isn’t a Christian, the only things they know about Christmas/Thanksgiving come from what the media says – getting stuff, eating food, getting stuff…I wish I could do more to help spread the message that God is the reason for the season! Commercialism has become such a widespread thing, and the only thing that can stop it is if Christians spread the true message to every single person they meet.

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