Ed. Note: Can you stand just one more post on this topic? At times I feel I’m preaching to the choir, but who knows? Maybe somebody will drop by, read something here that resonates with them, and drop their plans to shop on Thanksgiving Day. We can only hope more people will join the movement!
Contrary to what some retailers are trying to urge us to do, nobody really has to shop on Thanksgiving Day.
Why, I can think of plenty of folks who probably won’t be in the stores:
- People who are traveling, perhaps trying to get to where home is
- People who are working — like police officers, firefighters, journalists, and medical personnel
- People who are disabled and have trouble moving around — surely they don’t want to be trampled
- People who are grieving the loss (whether recent or long ago) of someone they love
- People who feel called to do for others, maybe serving in a food kitchen or ringing a Salvation Army bell
- People like you and me, who just don’t want to see our Thanksgiving traditions of food, home, and family fall by the wayside
My hometown newspaper recently conducted an online poll of readers and guess what it found? Respondents, by an overwhelming majority, said they will NOT be shopping on Thanksgiving Day!
The actual number of people polled wasn’t listed, but 91 percent of them — that’s nearly ALL! — said they won’t be shopping on Thursday.
But are the stores listening? Do they even care?
If nobody shows up for the “big sales,” if nobody buys into the madness, maybe they will listen. And care.
Because really, nobody needs to shop on Thanksgiving Day. There are more than 360 other days in the year for folks to shop, and my friends and neighbors know that.
So do the stores.
My hometown knows that shoppers can plan ahead, buying their Thanksgiving fixins and such, before the holiday arrives. They know they will have plenty of time afterwards to buy Christmas gifts, without having to fight someone else for that ONE ITEM the stores have advertised. And they know that if we voluntarily give up all our time-honored traditions, if we succumb to pressure to abandon our warm homes and families, we eventually will lose the specialness that makes us Americans.
Join the cause. Refuse to shop on Thanksgiving Day!