I am not saying people should not go out and shop and have a fun tradition. That's great! I don't like it, but I hate shopping on days when the store isn't crowded. So toss in a big crowd and shopping.... not my thing. I get that it is for some people and I think that is great. Lots of fun family traditions include Black Friday shopping and I that can be special.
What I don't like or understand is the people who camp out for days. Seriously? Is the cheap flat screen TV really more important than a holiday with your family? I am also clearly not a fan of those people who go crazy and run and claw and have no respect for those around them. But the biggest bone I have to pick this year is that stores are opening on Thanksgiving. We should all be home with our families being thankful for the blessed life most of us lead, not out shopping for new stuff. Also I think about those poor people who have to work at the stores who would much rather be home with their families. I've had jobs in the past where I have had to work holidays and it is not fun. So we are making entire superstores have most of their employees on hand so people can save on laptops and ipods. It just isn't what the holidays are about. The message of thankfulness and joy are gone and replaced by intense consumerism.
Like I said, Black Friday traditions are great, but let's keep them on Friday! And let's remember to act with class and respect people!