Don’t turn Thanksgiving Day into Black Thursday…


I had to get this out today of all days! So it’s reposted here courtesy of Freedomworks.org:

Happy Thanksgiving to you!

I’ve been asked if I will venture out today and visit the stores for the “amazing deals”. While I love a good deal, and the chance for retailers to make a buck as much as any capitalist does, of course I won’t be shopping today. Not today. I will do no such thing.

In fact, allow me to impart a bit of breaking news for those that already have a shopping plan devised: there’s a sale every day of the year!

Yes. That’s right. If you sign up for store emails you can buy stuff on sale at deeply reduced prices every day of the year. Perhaps you’re detecting a bit of snarky annoyance emanating from these typed words. Do not deny your senses, it’s there.

I do not like the idea of taking this very important holiday, (set aside to give thanks for what we have) and allowing it to become a shopping bacchanal focused on what we think we need.

THANKSGIVING, a day formerly deemed a universal holiday, (read day off from work) is a day to be with family, to make memories, to be grateful because we have so much. When did we allow it to become about getting more stuff? Young children used to spend the day helping out in the kitchen or playing with their cousins, not venturing out before the dishes are even washed to snag the best deal on an Xbox.

I beg of you to skip this cheapening of our cultural norms. If it’s poorly attended, retailers will give up on it. Supply and demand. If you don’t demand it, retailers simply won’t open their doors until the day after.

Will their sales suffer? No, and neither will their employees. There will be plenty of days between now and Christmas to work long hours. We’ve been reserving this day for families for over a hundred years and employees and retailers haven’t suffered for the sacrifice.

I’ll never give in to taking one of the few days a year that I have with my family and tossing it onto the altar of consumerism.

As far as the day after Thanksgiving goes, I have only attended the madness of Black Friday once. It wasn’t awesome. But that’s me. Go on ahead and enjoy Black Friday if that’s your thing. I’m pleading for Turkey Day.

My wish for you today is that you prosper. Create memories that young and old amongst us will cherish. Permit family to take the highest priority. The leather riding boots and 55 inch flat panel can wait one more day… I promise.

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  1. James Montgomery 30 November, 2013 at 02:06 Reply

    Stacy I am with you. I did not shop anywhere on Thanksgiving day or today either. In fact I have never shopped on black Friday ever. The only time I have been in a retail store on black Friday was when I worked in one.

  2. Paul 9 December, 2013 at 13:53 Reply

    I work 2 jobs now and make less than I did 3 years ago with one job. I had to work on Thursday starting at 7pm through the entire night til 7:30am, then come back at 2pm that same day for a full shift. It was busy all night (oh so many thieves), but overall sales were very low! On top of that, they lost their Black Friday shoppers who just came earlier. I am with you 100% on this Stacy. I see this as the start of trying to eliminate holidays, especially religious ones, altogether. There is nothing sacred when consumerism is the driving force behind scheduling. I think this experiment was a bust and hope not to see it again next year.

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