Traditional values of one of the nation’s most cherished holidays are questioned

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By Alexis Marvin on November 21st, 2014

Origins of the first Thanksgiving are commonly debated upon, but the general idea is that the pilgrims were on the brink of death, and by some miracle were blessed with food and the chance to live another day.

They deemed this day of thanks a day of immense salvation, and so became the tradition.

On the other hand, Black Friday is a tradition wrought upon citizens by industries as a ploy to spend a lot of money at once, under the guise of “massive sales”.

For most people, that sale would sound pretty appealing.pumpkin pic

However, aren’t the two traditions a grand contradiction? In one situation, people give thanks for what they already have, and remember the blessings they have been granted, while in another situation people are granted a day chock-full of greed.

They go out and spend more money, and get more things. It’s a classical scenario of materialism versus gratefulness.

In a typical Black Friday situation, people pitch tents in front of stores, run people down to reach that TV they’ve been eyeballing that’s perhaps 15 or 25 percent off, or even result to physically fighting so they can possess whatever product they think will give them the best deal.

In a traditional Thanksgiving setting, families and friends sit down at a table together and stuff themselves full of delicious food.

Afterwards, the boys will watch the game and the ladies will eat pie and discuss the Thanksgiving Day Parade, all in the comfort of their own home.

Black Friday encourages the already present gluttony of most people, and keeps people awake all night so they can try to wiggle their way through gigantic crows.

There are websites, polls, and even news segments dedicated to predicting Black Friday deals and inform you where you can get the best sales.

Customers go all out to spend a load of cash, but save a couple hundred dollars in the process, while they could be thankful for what they already have and stay home.

Instead of marketing so strongly for one night where stores drop a couple numbers off of the price tag, businesses should stagger sales over the course of perhaps a week, and further away from Thanksgiving.

In this way, there will be less havoc on the night of Black Friday, and Thanksgiving will be a time solely devoted to feeling blessed for the things we already possess.

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