Boycott shopping on Thanksgiving? I say YES and here are my reasons why.
Are holidays and family time not sacred anymore? Has greed taken over what should be a personal day spent with family and those we love? When I think of Thanksgiving in America I picture a Norman Rockwell painting with a family gathered around the table. I picture caring Americans, including celebrities and politicians, volunteering part of their day serving and helping to feed those in need. I picture religious leaders making sure that everyone they serve has somewhere to eat a Thanksgiving meal. I picture corporate bosses handing out turkeys to those who work for them just to show they care and are a valued employee. To me Thanksgiving should be a day of THANKS and GIVING. When I think of THANKS I have gratitude for all of the things I am blessed with in my life. When I think of GIVING I have compassion for those less fortunate and try to do what I can to help them. Put together THANKSGIVING should be a day of both thanks and giving.
So when it comes to employees of certain stores being required to now work on Thanksgiving to keep their job, I wonder how this happened. Who started this madness? I believe that it comes down to GREED and SELFISHNESS on everyone’s part. It couldn’t be anything else. Sure I realize that certain industries can’t go a day without working, such as doctors, police, hotels and such but it’s necessary and meaningful work. These employees know that they are serving others and are thanked for that. They also have been dealing with this concept forever and let people bid for time off etc. But going in to work on a family centered holiday just so some crazy housewife can stand in line to be first in the door and fight crowds for that special item and then stand in an even longer line, all so they can save a couple of bucks, is just insane to me! It’s one single day people! The World won’t end if we all just stay home.
Yes I have been to many Black Friday Sales in my time. I was the Mother that took the car full of teenagers at midnight so they could get a deal. That was the day AFTER the holiday and half of the reason they wanted to go was to be out there watching all of the craziness anyways! Sure I like to get a deal but if you add up all of the time you spend waiting in lines, the battle scars you receive when you’re fighting for that last hot toy on the shelf, the emotional trauma of seeing grown women shopping in clothes they shouldn’t be wearing in public (yes this is when all the crazies are out in rare form and they’ve eaten too much turkey so they’re wearing their “comfortable clothes”), the money saved usually isn’t as great as one might think. My mental health is worth more than that. Time is money too.
This problem is not a political one or even a religious one. This problem affects all human kind and exists for no reason other than greed and selfishness. What have we come to in this country? What kind of an example are we teaching our children? For all these reasons and more I am asking you to BOYCOTT SHOPPING ON THANKSGIVING and help end this madness. If we all do our part and stay at home on Thanksgiving we can send a message letting the World know that we value our families, friends, holidays and our personal time more than anything else. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone who chooses to boycott shopping on Thanksgiving gave something instead to those in need. I want to live in that World and you should too.
So I ask you… will you be shopping on Thanksgiving or not? I’d like to know what you’re doing and why.