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Thanksgiving craziness with Black Friday and Cyber Monday

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    Thanksgiving is one of the most interesting holidays to me because it has more things going on with it than any other. Of course you have the tradition of Thanksgiving itself with all the turkey and fall decorations, all the food preparation and families gathering, giving thanks, watching the Macy's Day Parade, the uncomfortable family discussions about politics and religion, and for many families the NFL going on in the background basically all day (or maybe even taking center stage).

    There's all that. But it also marks the start of the holiday season in general, a blending of Thanksgiving, the Christmas season and the New Year sort of all rolled into one. And for many all of that starts the day after Halloween. You see Christmas trees and Xmas lights going up Nov 1st more and more.

    You also are dealing with Black Friday, which used to be the day after Thanksgiving but every year retailers are opening their doors earlier and earlier to where we are today with sales starting on Thanksgiving day itself, usually around 4-6pm.

    Workers are put in uncomfortable situations, choosing between spending time with their families or helping out the companies they work for on maybe the busiest day(s) of the year. And many times workers don't get a choice at all.

    And finally you have Cyber Monday, which is the online shopping compliment to Black Friday that happens the following Monday after Thanksgiving. Where many bigger ticket items go on heavy discount in-store in Black Friday, more tech items and smaller items go on heavy discount the following Monday, if you are willing to buy online.

    With all that laid out, I'm wondering how many complicate their Thanksgiving holidays with worrying about holiday or discount shopping with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and which do you prefer? Seems to me Cyber Monday makes way more sense to participate in. You get to enjoy Thanksgiving without hurrying off to the nearest superstore just after you've eaten a meal likely someone spent 12+ hours to prepare, and you get to at least enjoy the weekend and shop from your computer or phone without fighting absurdly large crowds.

    Anyone here still try and do it all? Have their Thanksgiving, shop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, put up both Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations, share thanks with the family, watch the parade, Turkey football and fight with the family over Obama and Trump?

    Crazy holiday Thanksgiving has turned into. (And I didn't even mention the whole uncomfortable thing about the Pilgrims).

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    My family used to rush out on Black Friday, but that was the 90's and 00's. It's grown a lot since then. Now the only reason why I choose to remember it is so I can avoid the traffic it causes. All one has to do is work in a big box store for one Black Friday, and they'll never want to be in the middle of Black Friday madness ever again.

    I do enjoy Cyber Monday though. It gives you plenty of time to recuperate from all the food and certain annoying family members. And the best part is you can shop for deals and never leave your house.

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    JFoster Wrote:

    I do enjoy Cyber Monday though. It gives you plenty of time to recuperate from all the food and certain annoying family members. And the best part is you can shop for deals and never leave your house.

    Good call. I have sorta protested being a part of the retail part of this holiday for some years now, but I miiight actually participate in Cyber Monday this year, for the reasons you mentioned. There are lots of good deals at least to consider.

    And now there is a new retail day to think about participating in... Travel Tuesday. It's for getting heavy discounts on all things travel - flights, hotels, car rentals, vacation packages, etc.

    I'm guessing retailers will eventually find a way to name every day of the week. Not sure if that is a new great tradition for the US, or consumerism at an all-time fever pitch high of ridiculousness.