How To Prevent Losing Your Thanksgiving To Black Friday
Thanksgiving is a day for counting our blessings. Those fortunate enough to fund a feast will fill chairs with family and the table with delicious food. It seems only natural that Black Friday is trying to devour it. In recent years, the start of the holiday shopping season has been nibbling at Thanksgiving's crust, but this year, some retailers are bold enough to demand a full slice. At a time when many families are settling in to say grace, others spend their free time scouring stores for sweet deals, stuffing their shopping carts instead of their stomachs.
Before you ditch family time for a half-priced flat screen or trade your savory dinner for a half-hearted brunch, check out some of these easy tips for preserving your Thanksgiving.
Tweaking the Traditional
While some are easily swept up in the spirit of their family traditions, others cringe at the thought of shuffling through the same old routine. Whether you agree with it or not, it can't be denied that Black Friday has challenged Thanksgiving to a competition for our most precious resource -- time. One way to keep your family from leaving the party early is to give them a better reason to stay. Some won't be convinced, but others may just need to be reminded why the holiday is important to begin with.
Getting Everyone Involved
Part of the reason why people feel so comfortable leaving their traditions behind is because they've never been given an opportunity to get involved in preserving them or creating their own. Inviting individuals to participate in how the day is planned or offering them a branch of responsibility can inspire camaraderie and help more people feel like they have an active role in making Thanksgiving worthwhile.
Encroaching on Christmas
If Christmas is going to keep trying to carve out a piece of Thanksgiving, it seems fair that the opposite should also be acceptable. Plan some fun activities for after your meal, like getting kids to help bake Christmas cookies, jumping into your holiday decorations, or picking names for a holiday tradition like Secret Santa.
Black Friday Battle Plan
Most retailers will advertise their deals early, so doing your research before setting out can help you avoid getting caught up in the madness or at least help you determine whether participating is even worth it. You may find that some of the things you want are just as affordable online or on sale during Cyber Week. Don't be tricked into thinking that Black Friday is the only day major sales are available this season. Save yourself and your family some stress and stay inside on Thanksgiving night.
Better Than Black Friday
Even if there are a few bargains out in the stores, you really don't have to stray too far from your computer to find a great deal early in the season. Retailers large and small offer many of the same discounts online as they do in the store, and some even feature exclusive products online that you may not be able to find on foot.
Even if you miss out on Black Friday, Cyber Monday is only a few days away. Most of the time, you don't even have to wait. Taking a tactic from Black Friday, Cyber Week is known to start as early as Thanksgiving Day, making it easier for families to find gifts online. Furthermore, shopping online lets you compare prices to find the very best deals, gives you a chance to look at customer reviews before purchasing, and offers you a guaranteed time period to shop and select from bigger stockpiles of merchandise.
Thanksgiving can be stressful enough without trying to cross out every single item on your Christmas list. Think twice about camping in line for that must-have product, and do your research before deciding to split Thanksgiving with Black Friday. However you plan to spend your holiday, The Lakeside Collection has you covered, from dinnerware and decorations to set your table to an amazing collection of Cyber Week sale items.