Did you know that there is historical precedence to digging into the stores after Thanksgiving?
There is of course much debate about when the first true Thanksgiving was. Was it in November of 1621, or was it just simply a spontaneous harvest festival? Was it in July 1623 when they set a feast of Thanksgiving in anticipation of the arrival of the Anne and the Little James?
I will not go into the details of the argument in this post. However, I will focus on 1623 and the arrival of the Anne and the Little James.
The two ships were bringing much needed supplies to the colony as well as additional settlers. Supplies were running very low and when they heard that the ships would soon arrive they held a fast for several days and then a feast of Thanksgiving.
You may wonder how they knew that the ships were arriving. They had been spotted out to sea and a small craft brought the news to the colony. It took the ships a bit longer to arrive than anticipated and the feast was held before they arrived. Therefore, several of my ancestors were late for Thanksgiving.
Mary Becket later married George Soule who is my Mayflower ancestor.
Francis Sprague and his daughter Mercy Sprague were also my ancestors. Mercy later married William Tubbs.
Today, the stores have big sales to draw people through the doors and into the stores.
You can see that there were quite a few ads and lots of specials. Unfortunately, many stores opened up on Thursday afternoon. I remember when stores did not open until a regular time on Friday, then they started opening early, then at midnight, now today they close for just long enough to get ready for the big rush.
Me, I stay home. I like to unwind from Thanksgiving and just have a day of rest.
If only shoppers would go back to the historical precedent and wait until the day after Thanksgiving. Let the workers have a chance to celebrate Thanksgiving with their families.
Now, Black Friday extends to on-line deals that start earlier in the week. You may think that this frees up workers to be with their families on Thanksgiving, but you need to remember that this only further extends the hours of people working in order fulfillment, warehouse and delivery jobs. If you order something during the days before Thanksgiving, you expect to have it by early next week.