This holiday season, I encourage each and every one of you to get back to the basics.I encourage you to take a step back and remember what’s really important.

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I am ecstatic to say the least. I am counting down the hours until I get to spend some quality time with my family doing what we do best: watching Michigan State basketball.

But all I’ve seen as of late are advertisements for Black Friday.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE shopping just as much as the next girl, (Probably a little bit more, just look at all my receipts for proof) but the holidays are not supposed to be spent sleeping on the sidewalk outside of Best Buy so you can get a new tv. The holidays, especially Thanksgiving is meant to be spent surrounded by the ones you love. Thanksgiving is meant to be spent sitting around a table, sharing a wonderful meal with those you love, and reminiscing on all the things in life that you are thankful for.

It just seems obnoxious to me to spend the afternoon with your family, but then dashing out the front door as soon as dinner is over to get in line to wait for hours only to fight with a soccer mom at the mall over the last sweater at Forever21. Have greed and material items taken precedence over spending quality time with our families?

Those who work in the retail industry will say that this is their best sales day of the year and it can make or break their yearly sales rate, but what about all of your employees who have to leave a dinner early to get to work for the sale that starts at 7pm on Thanksgiving Day? or those who leave dinner early to get home and catch a couple early hours sleep in order to be at work by 3am?

Why can’t we agree to keep Black Friday to normal shopping hours on the actual Black Friday. I’m all for shopping and I’ll hunt down the best sale I can find, but this is just getting out of hand. Christmas shopping can wait until 10am on Friday morning when a store opens for regular hours with some amazing sales. Staying up all night only to get trampled at the front doors is not worth 50% off of that Christmas present.

It may be a Christmas quote from The Grinch, but Dr. Seuss said it better that I ever could have:

“Maybe Christmas he thought doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.”

This holiday season, remember that the holidays mean a lot more than the material things. Cherish these moments surrounded by those who are the reason for your season.


Written by Jazmyn Patterson

Be Silly. Be Honest. Be Kind. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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