Have you made a list and checked it twice?


Because the holiday shopping season will look different this year.


The deals are shifting away from a singular day and somewhat away from brick and mortar.


The holiday shopping season is nearly upon us and no matter where you look you see ads for new gadgets, electronics and, of course, a deal.


Who doesn't love a good deal after all?


That being said, these deals come with a price. Sometimes more than one including the time away from families that retail workers deal with each year.


Is that really worth the deal? Absolutely not.


But change is on the horizon.


Retailers are opting out of the so-called "Black Friday" to allow workers to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with their friends and family. Many are pledging not to open on Thanksgiving night.


There’s been discussion about doing so for a while now, but however it happened, this is great.


It shows that here in America we are finally getting back to what matters. We’re putting people over products.


Yes, the pandemic played a part in it to a degree, but over the past few years we’ve been heading in this direction.


Workers have asked for better conditions, consumers have slowly been opting to make purchases online or later on Friday. The rise of E-Commerce on "Cyber Monday" and generosity on "Giving Tuesday" are showing retailers where our priorities are: with our families and in our communities.


All of this led to big box stores like Walmart, Target and others to making some changes.


If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the past several months is slowing down can be good and time with our families is truly precious. This is a great step forward.


We know this might have been a hard choice to make, especially in a time when many of us are facing financial hardships, but the economic boost "Black Friday" could potentially provide is clearly low hanging fruit.


So on a holiday like Thanksgiving, it only makes sense that we finally make a paradigm shift back to the holiday’s original intent: showing gratitude.


2020 has shown us the importance of gratitude. Frankly that’s better than any deal you can find on a shelf.


So instead of saying good luck hunting for deals, instead let’s simply say enjoy the season with your friends and family.