36 shopping days until Christmas. Time flies but I feel like it goes especially fast around this time of year. It seems like every year, stores are putting up their holiday decorations earlier (I saw them before Halloween), you can start listening to holiday music earlier (Channel 17 on Sirius radio) in early November and you can start shopping the supposed can’t be beat “sales” earlier.
There has been some controversy in the news recently about stores being open on Thanksgiving day. Historically, this has been one night that most retail people would not have to work. With all of the online shopping and deals you can get a few clicks away, the brick and mortar stores are grasping at any straw they can to get consumers in their stores. Brick and mortar stores are competing with the ease of sitting in front of your computer, comparing prices and having it shipped to your house. According to an article published on the Huffington Post, some stores are opening at 6pm on Thanksgiving day to serve their members and give them what they want. While that may be true for some customers, I doubt it is true for those that work at these stores. I wonder if this is why customer service sucks so bad. Are the people that work at these stores so pissed off that they have to be there that they can’t be bothered to say “thank you” when you checkout? I have had this happen more often recently and have just about had it with shopping in the brick and mortar stores. Maybe if these stores cared more about their employees and cared more about teaching good customer service and less about having the “best sale of the year”, consumers would shop in their stores instead of ordering online.
While I have done my share of early morning Black Friday shopping, like the time I got the Fisher Price Barn for $13.00 at KB Toys, I am over it! For me, this Thanksgiving is going to be all about spending time with my family. We are headed to Wisconsin to visit my parents and my sister and her family. My mom asked me yesterday if I wanted to do anything special while we are there. My response was “No, I just want to hang out and spend time with everyone.” So, I will not be shopping on Thanksgiving night or Black Friday because I will be doing something way more important to me than getting “the best sale of the year” (which happens every week anyway) and that is being with the people I love the most in this world and giving thanks for all that we have. Isn’t that what Thanksgiving is supposed to be about?