Ed. note: A group of us bloggers feel strongly about the demise of Thanksgiving Day’s tradition of being a holiday without stores being open. Thus, we are staging our own boycott of shopping on that Thursday. Any who would like to join the cause are welcome and encouraged to post their opinions at their blog home, as well as to visit our Facebook page and pledge NOT to shop on Thanksgiving Day. Thank you.
Last month I was making a purchase at Kohl’s when the checker informed me they were opening on Thanksgiving Day this year.
What? I demanded. You’re kidding.
No, she said with a wistful voice. I have to leave my family and come to work.
There’s something radically wrong with that picture, folks.
Nobody needs to shop on Thanksgiving Day.
I run my own business, and I understand as well as the next person how tough staying in business is.
How hard one has to work to get clients — and keep them happy.
How trying the economy has been of late.
But nobody needs to shop on Thanksgiving Day.
If I want to do a bit of work on a holiday, I’m only inconveniencing myself.
Demanding that others show up on what has traditionally been a day of thanks, a day for feasting with family and friends, for giving to those less fortunate — well, that’s just wrong.
And nobody needs to shop on Thanksgiving Day.
Retailers tried this nonsense back in Roosevelt’s day (that’s FDR). When Thanksgiving fell on the 30th of the month, store owners argued people needed more than 24 days to get their Christmas shopping done. FDR caved and moved what traditionally was held on the last Thursday in November up one week.
Confusion ensued. Some states celebrated on the early Thursday; others held onto the traditional Thursday. And two celebrated on both days!
Did it work? Interestingly enough, no. So Congress came along and officially returned Thanksgiving Day to the fourth Thursday in November, no matter which date it falls on.
Whether you celebrate the religious and grateful aspects of Thanksgiving, or the family/food/football aspects, this holiday has been a cherished tradition since Colonial times.
And while, for some of us, there’s far too much “spending frenzy” going on in the weeks leading up to Christmas, I have to remind you: there are weeks leading up to Christmas.
So nobody needs to shop on Thanksgiving Day!