Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving - A Time for Friends and Family

Custom Flags and Gifts would like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. To me as far back as I can remember, Thanksgiving has always been a relatively laid back day spent with friends and family and centered around preparing and consuming large quantities of good food. It was one of those few precious days in the year that you could pretty much be assured, unless you were a nurse or policeman, that you and all your family members would have the day off from work to spend the entire day participation in this American tradition. Anymore that is not necessarily the case.

The day after Thanksgiving has long been called among avid shoppers Black Friday and is known as the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. The term “Black Friday” was coined in the 1960s to mark the kickoff to the Christmas shopping season. “Black” refers to retail businesses moving from the “red” to the “black,” back when records were kept by hand, and red ink indicated a loss, and black a profit. More and more each year Black Friday has been slowly creeping into the precious holiday hours of Thanksgiving Thursday. Lots of retail stores have started greedily opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day trying to snatch up those holiday dollars forcing employees away from their families and the precious little time they have to spend with them. It also entices prospective shoppers, in hopes of catching the holy grail of savings, out of the house and cutting short their time of relaxation and family bonding. The more we participate in this practice the more retail stores will continue to open on this holiday and stealing from their employees the treasured traditions of this holiday.

There are so many days available for shopping and so few holidays and limited time to spend with those that matter most to us. I hope you all will enjoy your friends and families this Thanksgiving
and save the shopping for another day.

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Marilee & Josie
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