Thanksgiving left behind in Black Friday shenanigans


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Renee Backstrom

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the thought of food goes through the minds of some people, but for others, Thanksgiving brings the joy of Black Friday shopping.

For the people who live under a rock, Black Friday is the first day after the last major holiday before Christmas, and it marks the unofficial beginning of the Christmas shopping season. In short, you shop till you drop and the sales are unbelievable.

I am all for Black Friday shopping to an extent as long as it happens on Friday. We can’t forget that it’s just a big way for stores to sell a vast array of half priced products before Christmas. We can’t forget about Thanksgiving and all that it brings.

Even though Black Friday has awesome sales, is it really worth all of the trouble? I know I don’t want to go stand in a line for how long freezing cold waiting for a store to open, just to go in and find out that the only thing I wanted just sold out.

What ever happened to taking a nap after you eat your Thanksgiving meal? Now many people are getting their family time interrupted just so that one person can get in line. Whatever happened to Thanksgiving being about family, fellowship, and food?

In 2015, 74.2 million people went Black Friday shopping; that means that the likelihood of getting injured is extremely high. Imagine your loved one going out to shop and never coming back, scary right?

One of the most tragic Black Friday stories involved the death of a Walmart worker in Valley Stream, N.Y. The security worker at the retail giant was trampled to death by a mob of shoppers in 2013.

This year I will be going shopping on Black Friday, but I know I am not going to stand in line for something I really don’t need. I only go to walk around and see if I like something. I will not leave early from my family gathering, and I will not end up like some beat up animal because I got ran over by a mad woman with a shopping cart.