I have a friend who works in retail. Due to our crazy American ways of shopping the day after Thanksgiving, otherwise known as “Black Friday”, she does not get to spend that day with her family.
What she has always been able to count on, though, is being able to eat a meal with her family on Thanksgiving day. One of the only holidays left that is still sacred in the eyes of retailers.
That is, until recently.
It is becoming more and more common for stores to open up on Thanksgiving day, giving their employees a very short break to be with their families.
So, this year, she gets a few hours to spend with family and then has to be at work the rest of the day. And then, she still has to be there at the crack of dawn on Black Friday and do it all over again.
Here’s the thing, though, people. If no one goes out and shops on Thanksgiving, the retailers will get the hint and stop opening on that day.
I know there are great deals on thanksgiving, but guess what? It’s the same deals that used to happen on Black Friday! Can we seriously not wait a day? Can we not sit down and spend a day with our families without thinking about saving a buck?
We used to spend Thanksgiving day cooking, eating, watching football, playing games, or whatever else… WITH our families! And, now, some are choosing to spend a couple hours with their family and spending the rest of the day out shopping. Maybe I’m wrong, but I bet your kids will remember you spending time with them more than they will remember whatever toy you will be scrambling to get at a lower price on Thanksgiving or Black Friday.
My mom was telling me the other day that she doesn’t remember a single present her grandparents got her as a child. What she remembers is all the time they spent with her.
That got me thinking. I remember a few Christmas and birthday presents from my childhood, but for the most part I just remember spending time with my family. I remember waiting Christmas morning for my grandma to get her coffee and bring out the banana bread to the living room. I remember going to my grandparents house on my dad’s side of the family on Christmas after we had opened presents at our house.
FAMILY TIME. That’s where most of my memories are found.
The point in that is the toys and clothes you will be getting, most likely won’t even be remembered by their recipients.
I beg of you. This Thanksgiving, please stay home with your family. If not for the sake of your own family, do it for the sake of the employees at all the stores at which you would have shopped. Those people don’t have a choice. If they want to keep their job, they have to be at work that day to be there for all the crazy shoppers.
Maybe if we all stay home this year on Thanksgiving day, they won’t open next year on Thanksgiving day. Then, Thanksgiving day and Black Friday can return to their normal positions.
An even better idea would be to shop local. Keep your money in your community. If we all do that, we will all win. I promise. This includes all your independent representatives of all the home businesses. You will find some great presents for your family and friends and you will help out someone’s Christmas in your own community.
Oh, and check out this Facebook page: Boycott Shopping on Thanksgiving Day. They’ve got a petition or two you can sign as well. :)
Okay… I will step down off my soap box now.
What are your plans on Thanksgiving day and Black Friday? Will you be braving the crowds? Do you think I’m crazy for thinking it’s a big deal to go out shopping on Thanksgiving?
P.S. I also want to acknowledge all the people that go to work on all the holidays every year. Thank you to all the policeman, fireman, security guards, and all our troops who are not just working, but putting their life on the line every day, gas station attendants, restaurant employees, grocery store workers, who all make it possible for us to have our conveniences even on holidays, hospital employees that never get a break, and industry employees that are forced to work because their company would lose hundreds of thousands of dollars if it shut down for even a day. THANK YOU ALL!!!