Coming from a small island in the Caribbean where Thanksgiving is not part of our yearly calendar had me reflecting a lot on the meaning of Thanksgiving. For years the television led me to believe that Thanksgiving is all about family. A time for family members to come together and share a meal. A time where turkey’s were cooked and topped with cranberry and everyone laughed and chatted for hours.
Yet it seems that family time is slowly fading away or is it? Has Cyber deals taken over? Has Thanksgiving become more commercial than family? I sat back and looked at all the ads advertising deals and reduced prices for various stores. I went through my email and was amazed at the number of emails. Twitter was blowing up. All media sources seemed to be more about the sales and the deals than the family. I drove past Best Buy and Walmart and there was almost no parking! I wondered; isn’t tonight thanksgiving? Why are so many people outside waiting to devour the deals instead of being inside devouring turkey? Then came along Cyber Monday.More social media letting us know about the latest new prices. And we went crazy again looking for deals. Its amazing to me how persons would stand in line for hours just to buy a TV which was reduced by only $100! Don’t get me wrong; saving $100 is amazing when you think of how far that money could go. But standing in line for two hours just to pay for the TV and then another two just to pick it up? It cannot be that serious!
The Internet really does impact our lives even in the simplest ways. It is now slowly but surely creeping into what should be family time. But do we blame the Internet or do we blame the sales outlets or do we blame ourselves? Depends on your perspective I guess. Whichever way we look at it, I must say that sitting at home while munching on some turkey and cyber shopping Thanksgiving deals was amazing!!