Over the past decade, we’ve watched the slow creep as the shopping season began to threaten that other holiday -- the one where we all gather as families and give thanks. I wrote about it last year, when the shotgun start of year-end shopping encroached on Thanksgiving Day itself. Several national retail stores opened the evening of Thanksgiving, and after dinner at our gathering several family members scooted off to Kmart.
Kmart!? You mean that crap hole with the cheap junk and dirty bathrooms that we hate to visit the rest of the year? Yes, that Kmart.
|Photo taken November 11th at the mall. |
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Thanksgiving Day, too.
This year, the full assault is on. Loads of stores are going to be open all day, starting at 6 a.m., forcing retail workers to give up their family traditions to keep their paychecks, and drawing shoppers away from their families throughout the day.
It makes me pine for the days when stores didn’t open until 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is an American holiday; Opening stores on thanksgiving is unAmerican. There, I said it. I pulled out the old unAmerican card. I've never played that one before. It felt kind of good.
As Americans, it’s time for all of us to speak up. And there’s only one way to do it. (Actually two ways).
First, we should all boycott the Thanksgiving shopping spree. Then on Friday, and for the rest of the month, we should only shop at stores that were not open on Thanksgiving.
Of course, the best way to do that is to shop local. But it would be nice if the big stores that refused to open saw a bump in their bottom line -- because that's the only line any really care about. If we'd boycotted last year, none would be open this year. Maybe if we reward the few refusing to open on Thanksgiving this year, the others will pay attention.
So, here are some of the national stores that are refusing to open on Thanksgiving: Nordstrom, Costco, Burlington Coat Factory and American Girl. That’s just a few. Sadly, many more are open all day.
I've got nothing against Christmas, or even Christmas shopping. Gifts rule. But we need to protect Thanksgiving from being swallowed up like this.
Now, I’m not telling people what to do – especially my wife and mother-in-law. It's just that we have to do something, or else when we’re older we’ll be able to say stuff like, “Remember when people used to gather around the table and eat dinner on Thanksgiving?”
When Thanksgiving Day arrives, I for one am going to do the following: Eat, Nap, and Chill. I urge you to do the same.