So I wrote for the Friday 10 Things post that I had went to Target for the Doorbuster event at midnight. And while all in all it was a pleasant experience, I will probably never go again. The truth is, I went because a friend asked me, but I was very curious about all the stories I’ve heard over the years, and the thought of never having experienced these stories on my own seemed like a waste.
So I went.
The people watching was amazing.
I saw people who had spent the better part of their Thanksgiving day standing in line to save a few hundred dollars. There were people who were the eternal optimists, like us, who thought that getting there a mere three hours early would be plenty of time. And then there were those who sat in their cars until about 5 till midnight in hopes of jumping the line to get a good deal.
There it was. The good, the bad and the ugly all in one place.
The commercialism of the holidays kind of makes me sick. I love it and I hate it. I love it because I get to scope out the big deals and be a smart consumer, but I hate it because it kind of consumes me. Don’t get me wrong. I love a good deal as much as the next person, but enough to get angry over it? Absolutely not.
When did we get such a sense of entitlement?
When did Thanksgiving become about finding the best deals we can and beating everyone to them instead of being with family and being thankful for what we have?
I’m also not saying it’s all bad. There were more friendly than unfriendly people out that night. I think for some it has become a tradition and bonding time that they have with their family. And I’m all for that. Find common ground. Be with the people you love. Go out and have a good time. Honestly, I see no problem with it.
But my warning is is that if finding a deal ever becomes more important to you than eating dinner with your family or playing games with your kids, then in my opinion it’s time to rethink just about everything.
What do you think? Am I completely off base? What are your holiday traditions?