Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Christmas seem to arrive quicker and quicker each year. Not only does the holiday itself arrive faster but so does the holiday advertising.
Remember when Thanksgiving was a holiday to spend with family? When everyone gathered around the table to pass turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and smiles filled with love. When the home was decorated with fall colors; pumpkins at the door and a cornucopia as the center piece on the dining room table. When the only worry, as the day grew old, was time with family dwindling down.
Well those were the old days. Today Thanksgiving is spent planning your dinner around Black Friday. Articulately planning a shopping schedule that starts at 4 a.m. and ends when there is nothing left. Should we even call shopping on Thursday Black Friday? Or should we call it Black Friday Eve?
It almost seems that when November 1st rolls around it not only marks the first day of November, but it also marks the first day we can officially recognize that Christmas is here. Christmas flips on like a light switch. Commercials on television, decorations in stores, social media accounts all switched over from spooky specials to Christmas cheer overnight it seems.
Our nation is based on a consumer’s demand, and when consumer’s demand Christmas well they get it in November. Companies want you in their stores buying their product. Companies can’t wait to start their advertising or they might not make Santa’s overflowing sleigh. However, if they are the first, with jingle bells in hand and discounts ringing their products will be under your tree.
Do I like watching Christmas ads in early November? No, I do not. Just how I don’t like Thanksgiving and the true meaning being 20% off and marked down when it should be full priced and cherished.