Every year the world of retail infringes more and more into our daily lives. First they started opening on Sundays. Then they started having longer hours… some even open 24 hours a day! And if that wasn’t all enough, we are now constantly reminded about THEIR existence through constant advertisements on our televisions, smart phones, internet, and printed media.
No matter how much you try, you just can not escape the consumerism that is taking over our country.
Yes, I am part of the problem. I can be as easily swayed by a catchy ad or a sparkly in-store display as anyone. But g-damn-it, I refuse to put up with that take-over on Thanksgiving!!! That is just one line that I can not support being crossed.
Thanksgiving is a national holiday and, I believe, should be spent with friends and family. Not out shopping. You don’t mind doing a little shopping on Thanksgiving? Well good for you… but remember that it isn’t all about you. Just because you don’t mind hanging out in a crowded mall on a national holiday doesn’t mean that the workers handing you your change feel the same way. While you are out buying your discounted sequined sweater or 70 inch TV, retail workers across the country (many who can’t even afford to buy the crap they are having to sell) are forced to forego the traditional Thanksgiving meal with their family. Is that stupid sweater really THAT important to you that you need to have it at the expense of someone else’s holiday? Something to think about….
Obviously, I will not be shopping on Thanksgiving. But that isn’t really enough to make a difference. If I spend my money at Store X on Friday instead of Thursday, I am still supporting them and their bottom line really isn’t impacted. That is why I have decided that this year I will be boycotting all retail stores that are opened on Thanksgiving Day, and my boycott will extend throughout the entire Christmas season. NO SHOPPING AT THSE STORES FROM THANKSGIVING DAY THROUGH CHRISTMAS DAY!
That means Adios Walmart, Macy’s, Sears, Target, K-Mart, Old Navy, etc. See you in January! While there are times this may be an difficult (especially Walmart… one of my usual haunts), none of these stores is unique and identical or nearly identical products can be purchased at other stores (i.e., Cosco, Dillards, Home Depot, etc).
This is a great chance to support local business that often gets overlooked due to the flashiness of the big box retailers. This is also a good opportunity to support the big box retailers who value their employees enough to not make them work on Thanksgiving. After all, this is a slippery slope. What is next… being open on Christmas Day?
Let the boycott begin! Want to join me?
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP
1.) From the period of Thanksgiving Day to Christmas Day, do not shop at any retail store that is open for business on Thanksgiving Day. They are robbing their employees of the opportunity to enjoy this holiday with their family and friends.
(CLICK HERE FOR A PARTIAL LIST OF RETAIL STORES OPEN ON THANKSGIVING DAY)
2.) Support local businesses and big box retailers who are showing kindness to their employees and respect for the meaning behind Thanksgiving by remaining closed on Thanksgiving Day.
(CLICK HERE FOR A PARTIAL LIST OF STORES THAT WILL BE CLOSED ON THANKSGIVING DAY)
3.) Spread the word! Let’s show the retail world – with our voices and with our wallets – that we are not going to tolerate a take-over of Thanksgiving!