Lament for Black Friday

This is for you in the United States. I have friends who for years have loved the silliness of the “Black Friday” tradition of stores opening at six in the morning the day after Thanksgiving and young people getting up early and waiting in line — joking, sharing coffees. It was fun and, if Christmas gifts were purchased, that was great. If not, you met friends for lunch. The practice has been usurped for profit, profit, profit, and moved backwards until it begins on Thanksgiving morning. The corporate owners argue that the workers would rather have the money than the holiday with family — of course that betrays that they do not offer any paid holidays.

So this little ditty is a light-hearted laugh at the change (no, I will not sing it into an mp3) — what follows is a list of the stores. If you know of other stores please add a comment here. Some of us will choose not to enter in December the stores that have made this labor-abusing choice.

They’ve taken my Black Friday away –
they’ve moved it all to Thanksgiving Day!
No buzzing dawn alarm clock,
and sticking feet in warm socks …
They’ve taken my Black Friday away!

They’ve taken my Black Friday away –
bargains all December we pay!
Sure, the lines were meant for shopping,
but also story swapping …
they’ve taken my Black Friday away!

They’ve taken my Black Friday away –
my neighbors work on Thanksgiving Day!
Not nurse or cop or sailor,
but just turkey-less retailers …
They’ve taken my Black Friday away!

Stores opening for Christmas shopping in the United States on Thanksgiving Day:

Walmart, KMart, Sears, Target, Old Navy, OfficeMax, Staples (check out the online petition asking “Do they honestly think people are going to be standing outside on Thanksgiving for bulk paper and pencils?) Toys “R” Us, Michaels, Macy’s, J.C. Penney, Kohl’s, Dollar General, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Best Buy

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4 Responses to Lament for Black Friday

  1. R. Matthew Stevens says:

    I Love it, Maren! You may not be aware but to your list you can also add: (in in up-state Michigan at least) Meijers; and T.J. Maxx. Also, there are many “hard-core” Canadian shoppers who also love the mayhem of “Black Friday”. They’ve got much tougher constitutions than mine.

    • Maren says:

      Thanks for adding to my list. Personally I never shop on Balck Friday because I still assume all my craft projects will be done. I shop Christmas Eve!

  2. Todd Jenkins says:

    Our church got a call from a couple who wanted to work somewhere, helping someone else on Thanksgiving Day. Maybe we should suggest that, if you want to help others on Thanksgiving Day, you can bake goodies, take them to one of these retailers, and give them to employees. While you’re there, be sure to have extended conversations with the employees, asking them about how their families are doing. Listen very carefully, but don’t buy ANYTHING. Then, on your way out, ask to speak to the manager/boss, and express your disappointment for the way that Thursday opening has indentured the store’s employees and kept them from a holiday. Occupy Retail!

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