It’s the night before Thanksgiving and I’m staring out the window at the freezing rain and snow. I’m not a fan of colder temperatures, I’ll take a balmy summer day over the frigid winter wind any time. Despite this I couldn’t be happier the weather outside is frightful. Not because of chance to spend time with friends and family around a traditional Thanksgiving feast, not because of the hours and hours of football, not even because of the much welcomed day off from work. I’m happy because I’m hopeful this weather dissuades people from going shopping tomorrow
My happiest Thanksgiving memories all revolve around spending time with loved ones in our homes talking, eating, sleeping, playing games, just enjoying each other’s company. When I heard major retailers across the country like Macy’s, Walmart, Sears, and Target intend to stay open on Turkey Day, I was aghast. I am making a concerted effort to not only stay away from the lure of slashed savings on Thanksgiving but I am pledging to take my business elsewhere this holiday season. This means if you’re on my gift list you will not be receiving anything from any retail store who is open tomorrow. No Best Buy, no Macy’s, no way! It’s bad enough the stores bring out the Christmas decorations the day after Halloween
Before the promise of long lines and cheap prices pulls you away from the dinner table tomorrow night, consider a few facts:
1. Chances are you’re not getting the best deal anyway. With the advent of Cyber Monday, most retailers offer lower and lower prices all the way up until January. If we all stay home on Thanksgiving, this may force stores to lower their markup the rest of the year.
2. You may be off but if the store is open this means someone else has to work. Seeing as the majority of Walmart employees are either students or elderly- you run the risk of negatively impacting their families holiday for years to come. It may be Aunt Edna’s last Thanksgiving, but instead of having pie and watching Elf with her grandchildren she has to report back to her cash register by 6 pm so you can get the 55 inch plasma you’ve been eyeing since the last Superbowl.
3. It’s Un-American! In the 1940s FDR passed an executive order to move Thanksgiving Day up a week to help retail stores’ sales post the Great Depression. People had a huge issue with it back then, the mayor of Atlantic City at the time deemed the day “Franksgiving”, until Congress made it official. It made sense back then, the company was reeling from financial turmoil. Although the economy is still struggling in many respects, the only reason for opening the doors tomorrow is greed.
If you do choose to go shopping tomorrow know that you know this: you are attacking the cornerstone of American tradition and hurting not only yourself but your family in the process. Stop now before Thanksgiving becomes just another day on the calendar used to sell discount mattresses and cars. STAY THE HELL HOME!!!!
Philip A. Maenza aka “Philtastic Phil” is an internet entrepreneur and consumer behavior professional whose interests include art, film, music, stand up comedy, fitness, and comic books. Phil is also a dedicated community volunteer and always open to connecting with like minded optimists. Now please pass the string beans shop online!