By Brooke Bostron
Every year, approximately 139.4 million people participate in Black Friday. Every year, the amount of money pulled in on Black Friday increases dramatically. Last year, spending went up 13 percent from the previous year, reaching a high of $59.1 billion.
Is Thanksgiving becoming a forgotten holiday? As soon as Halloween is over, all the Christmas decorations and deals begin to fill the stores. Most stores are now starting to open on Thanksgiving Day at 5 or 6 o’clock in the evening. Thanksgiving is overlooked by Black Friday; some people can’t have a nice Thanksgiving dinner because they are already camped outside their favorite stores, waiting to sink their teeth into the best deal they can find.
Senior Ashley Motley is one of those people. “I like Black Friday shopping because it is a good bonding time for my aunts and me,” said Motley. Motley and her family all stay the night at her grandma’s house so they get the bonding and Thanksgiving experience. Then, all the girls wake up and go Black Friday shopping together. It’s a tradition in their family. “The tradition brings our family closer together; it has become one of my favorite times of the year,” said Motley.
But on the other hand, some people would rather stay home and spend Thanksgiving with their families. “I feel like Black Friday is a waste of time and it is overrated. It seems like people are planning for Black Friday instead of planning Thanksgiving with their families,” said sophomore Laura Walker. “I greatly feel that Black Friday and Christmas are taking over Thanksgiving.” Walker also noted that she feels it is very disrespectful.
Some families have grown to accept Black Friday and make it their traditions, whereas other families have overlooked it because it takes the glow away from Thanksgiving. Some families live for the sales made on Black Friday, and become extremely greedy the day after giving thanks for life. Nevertheless, 139.4 million people will bundle up on Thursday night and set out to get the sale of the day.