Many feel Thanksgiving should be spent with family, not in stores

November 18, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN |
  • Rick Cook makes a pie crust for a pumpkin pie Friday at Icing Bakery & Cafe in Boonsboro.
Rick Cook makes a pie crust for a pumpkin pie Friday at Icing Bakery & Cafe in Boonsboro.

As more stores begin to open on Thanksgiving instead of Black Friday, the rush that comes with the day after the holiday might not be there for everybody.

“Thanksgiving is for being with family, and it’s taking away from that special holiday,” said Keira Solanki, of Hagerstown. “5 a.m. Friday is the earliest I’d go out now. When my son was little, I used to get up real early like 3 or 4, but I’m usually away Thanksgiving.”

Brenda Warrenfeltz, however, said she has gone to Kmart on Thanksgiving Day in the past and would be willing to go shopping as early as 4 p.m. that afternoon.

“It’s after dinner and there’s nothing to do, so we just go out for the adventure,” she said. “I have also been out as early as 3 a.m. on Friday. I’m the oldest of five girls, and the five of us get together and go out, so it’s been like a tradition.”


Kmart, Walmart, Target, the outside entrance to Sears at Valley Mall and some select stores at Hagerstown Premium Outlets are among the list of stores that are scheduled to open on Thanksgiving this year. Many of them are opening at 8 or 9 p.m., and Walmart will be open all day.

Waynesboro, Pa., resident Barry London, 57, said he does not take part in Black Friday shopping because he usually has to work, and he does not plan to go shopping on Thanksgiving either, even though he is off.

“Stores should be closed on Thanksgiving Day because the employees need to spend time with their family as well,” he said. “I think people can skip a day shopping and take a break.”

London added that the earliest he would shop if he took part in the rush would be at 7 a.m. Friday.

Hagerstown resident Sandra Hull, 60, also said she was against stores opening on Thanksgiving and added that it is something she would never do.

“That’s the day that family gets together and you spend with your loved ones,” she said. “I think that people that work at those stores should be home with their family for Thanksgiving. If you need to shop, shop the night before.”

Hull added, though, that she used to take part in the Black Friday shopping and the earliest she ever began was 5 a.m.

Some area residents will not be shopping on Thanksgiving because they already have to work that day.

Hagerstown resident Melissa Brown, 37, has to work at the Athletic, Recreation and Community Center at Hagerstown Community College on the holiday.

“I’ve always worked Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday,” she said. “I usually get my stuff on the Internet or go into a place and get stuff quick. Black Friday shopping is too busy and too crowded with people fighting over stuff.”

Scott Thompson, 29, of Chambersburg, Pa., works in retail and has to work on Black Friday. He said he has had to work on Thanksgiving in the past but does not go shopping either day.

“Aside from working, I have no real desire to take part in it,” he said. “That’s about the only time we have to spend with our families.”

The excitement of shopping on Black Friday might still exist for some area residents on Thanksgiving, however. They could even stay up and shop through the night.

Bunker Hill, W.Va., resident Vickie Baker, 55, said she and her daughter shop every Black Friday as a tradition but began their shopping at 10 p.m. Thanksgiving last year and shopped until 7 or 8 a.m. Friday.

“Some of it’s just the challenge or excitement of getting ahead of the crowd or getting the best buy,” she said. “My mother-in-law used to like to go to Kmart on Thanksgiving Day, so I used to take her some. The earliest I’d go out would just be early evening.”

Hagerstown resident Melissa Calhoun, however, said that although she has begun Black Friday shopping as early as 4 a.m., she would not take part in Thanksgiving Day shopping.

“I’ve got to eat that day,” she said. “I like the excitement of getting in the store early and getting sales, but everybody should spend time with their family on Thanksgiving.”

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