Unpopular Opinion: What Happened To Thanksgiving?
I always look forward to Thanksgiving. Each year it is the holiday that kicks off the most wonderful time of the year. But I have one question to ask, whose idea was it to completely turn Thanksgiving into another Arbor Day?
Thanksgiving was about spending time with your family, eating until you have to invest in a pair of sweatpants or leggings, watching the Cowboys lose, and having a day to enjoy. But the past few years it seems that Thanksgiving is starting to feel like it has been forgotten. I like many other American’s woke up Thursday morning to watch the parade. And instead of floats and balloons, all I was able to view were musical performances and lip syncs so bad that major stars would be told to sashay away. And while that was pissing me off inside, it was when I checked my email that made me feel like Anger from Inside Out.
My email was bombarded by Black Friday ads, starting at three on Thursday. The last time I checked my calendar, Thursday was still there. So why do these stores feel that starting a sell at three on Thursday afternoon is going to make a damn difference? Seriously, the shopping day is called Black Friday, and this is just spitballing, but why can’t everyone shop on say………. Friday?
This was the first year in a while that some stores decided to close for the holiday, and that is an excellent move. Thanksgiving is not a commercial holiday; we are supposed to be giving Thanks for what we have, not about a drill that we are getting 40% off of.
So, what the hell is going on with Thanksgiving? People seem to be treating the holiday like a Pauly Shore movie. We know it’s there, but honestly, no one cares. But once it has been taken away though, people will realize that it is gone. Thanksgiving is not Valentine’s Day, and instead of the holiday of spending time with loved ones, it has become the holiday of spending money. And that is wrong.