Taking the Time to Be Thankful

Nayely Espinoza-Perez, Co-Editor-In-Cheif

   Black Friday is often looked upon as a “Holiday” all on its own; it is an event that most look forward to every year. The population overloads themselves with endless questions regarding this day: What is the best deal I can get? What stores should I target first? What app can give me the best coupons that I can use? The questions are continual. Focusing on obtaining the best deals seems rather foolish when one compares it to the possibility of sparing some time for our friends and family. 

   Additionally, the true question relies on what exactly are we thankful for, when most spend their Thanksgiving holiday in long lines waiting to see how they can top the previous gift of last Christmas. Is this then, a valid reason to believe, that society sets asidenot forgetto actually share what they are appreciative of? Absolutely. 

   Realistically speaking, when was the last time one has truly sat down on one to one or at the family table and has shared with someone what we are grateful for? Scott Silva, ‘20, shared, “I am thankful for my friends and family, but now that I think about, I don’t tell them what exactly I am thankful foreven though I know what I am grateful for. I do think that we often forget to share and express to others on how thankful we are for them and what they do.”

   How many times do we witness the greediness of retailers trying to get customers to apply for a credit card? How many times have we seen customers, themselves, get into arguments with one another because they want an item that is limited? How many times have we observed the unpleasant faces of the people that come one after another in line, waiting with anticipation for the very moment to check out and move on to the next destination? The answer to these questions are undeniable: yes, yes, and yes.  

   Additionally, being raised as family oriented, it is a challenge to believe that society is not considering how important Thanksgiving is, and how it is a holiday that is being underestimated. Do we really want to raise children thinking that shopping overshadows the significance of Thanksgiving?  

   All the dishes that we eat are prepared by family members who have spent so much time making it, not to mention all the preparation that goes into setting up the table for dinner, cleaning the house (the person who is hosting Thanksgiving), and the thought and love that went into planning the whole holiday…shouldn’t this be appreciated? Shouldn’t it be recognized? 

   At the same time, I do understand the anticipation that people feel on Thanksgiving, which is just wanting to get their Christmas shopping done, and Black Friday certainly shouldn’t be forgotten, but we have to make an effort on making sure our families feel loved, appreciated, and feel important enough to overtop shopping. 

   Additionally, perhaps, leaving at a later time on Thanksgiving can be a good start, and instead, sit down with our family members to ask how their life is going, tell them about the things we cherish about themthese are the significant things we can do to make a difference on how we view/portray Thanksgiving. 

   Ultimately, both Black Friday and Thanksgiving are holidays that everyone loves to be part of, but spending a fair amount of time with family should be considered.