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By Stephanie Thompson
People Editor 

Holidays used to be separate


November 28, 2018

Remember when we used to have Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas on separate days?

I do too.

It used to be the holidays were more separated. Now, it seems like the commercialism of it all has completely taken over. I thought it was bad enough when Christmas items were out before Thanksgiving, but this year some stores had Halloween and Christmas items on sale in the same aisle.

To me that’s just nuts. The only time Christmas items should ever be in the same aisle as Halloween is if it’s a Santa, elf or Nativity scene costume.

Anyone with a Facebook page has seen memes depicting a turkey shaking its fist at Santa telling him to wait his turn, but I’m sure there’s a need for a meme depicting a Jack O Lantern or ghost shaking their fist at Santa too.

What really gets me mad is the fact that Black Friday is no long just on Friday anymore. It has creeped into Thanksgiving Day. I don’t mind the post sales or even Cyber Monday, but shopping right after a Thanksgiving meal? Come on.

So, now we’ve become a society where only a few hours separate us from being thankful for what we have to I must buy more things to make me and my loved ones happy. It’s nuts.

When are we going to say enough is enough?

I refuse to do any shopping on Thanksgiving Day and I can’t even remember when the last time was I fought crowds for Black Friday deals. I honestly would rather pay full price then watch what happens at some stores on Black Friday. It’s like the worst in us comes out. And for what? To get half off of a TV, video game console, computer or tablet or the latest must-have toy that will be forgotten about all too quickly.

We’ve all seen on the TV how people are trampled trying to get into the stores for Black Friday deals. I’m sure we’ve also heard stories from our own family and friends about how rudely they were treated by another shopper in a crowded store. If shoving, name calling, being rude and pushy is was it takes to get a good deal, then count me out. I want no part of it.

The whole thing reminds of a 1996 movie called “Jingle All the Way” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad, who are trying to get the latest must-have Turbo Man toy for their children. The two characters go to some extremes to try and get their hands on the coveted toy. Who knew this silly movie would actually have some truth to it less than a decade later.

I’m not opposed to shopping for great Christmas deals, I’m just opposed to how rudely we’ve become to get the items we think we need. I like great deals just as much as the next person, but I’m not about to act like a jerk to get those deals. So the next time you hit the stores for your holiday shopping, do so bravely and with a smile on your face.

You may not be treated kindly by everyone you encounter, but don’t scoop to their level. Happy shopping and remember Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are separate holidays.


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