Story by Eryka Hammonds // Contributor
The holidays seem to come quicker and quicker each year. But while Thanksgiving is fast approaching, are people anticipating the day after it even more?
For some, like Middle Tennessee State University student Porsha Greene, Black Friday takes away from a day meant to be with family.
“I just feel like Black Friday [has] taken over Thanksgiving,” Greene said. “We work on Thanksgiving and I really hate that because now I can’t go home to see my folks, and I really hate that because last year was the first time I missed Thanksgiving and I was so emotional.”
Greene is from Memphis, Tennessee, and like many other MTSU students are finding it hard to go home for the holidays due to having to work for the season sales.
“It’s to the point where you work Thanksgiving night at 6 p.m. and work all the way through to the next day when the store is actually supposed to close,” she said.
Black Friday began as being the first day for Christmas shopping following Thanksgiving. Many businesses now make it a requirement for employees to be available to work at least one of the holidays between Thanksgiving and New Years. Greene said she feels the holidays are now more about companies making money than people spending time with family.
“It’s not about family anymore. It’s about the sales,” Greene explained. “That’s how the company’s get you and how they make their money.”
Whether holidays are becoming more commercialized is subject to opinion and many debates, but many business news sources report the holidays as a peak season for many companies.