Thanksgiving is under attack: Black Friday is threatening to become Black Thursday. This is not a report, this is a call to action, or rather to non-action. We can save Thanksgiving. We can choose not to shop on Thanksgiving (we can also choose to skip Black Friday, but that’s a separate issue).
A little background for those who need it: For decades, the Friday following Thanksgiving has been known as Black Friday, and it unofficially kicks off the Christmas shopping season. Stores typically have big sales on Black Friday, and every year there are reports of someone getting seriously injured or even killed by unstoppable Black Friday mobs. But, the consumer monster cares not for Thanksgiving, and gradually stores began opening earlier and earlier on Black Friday. Eventually stores began to open at midnight on Thanksgiving, and then on Thanksgiving day itself.
Now stores like Walmart, Kmart, Sears, The Gap, and many more will simply be open on Thanksgiving day. That means that their employees cannot have a real Thanksgiving, but it also means that many people will miss some or all of their Thanksgiving meal to get in some Christmas shopping.
Folks, Thanksgiving and Christmas (and Black Friday, for that matter) are only as special as we make them. If you simply can’t keep yourself out of an open store because Walmart and the rest decided that Black Friday now starts on Thanksgiving, then you don’t deserve a Thanksgiving. I’m not sure you deserve a real Christmas either.
But you’re in luck. It’s really easy to deserve Thanksgiving. You just go to Thanksgiving like normal. Eat turkey (or tofurkey) watch football (or your rambling uncle), and be thankful that we can still defy the corporate monster and get together with loved ones sometimes.