Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!
That was going to be all I wrote. But this morning as I sat here, reading the barrage of Black Friday emails offering me deals a day early, I started to get frustrated. So many stores are opening early this year, on Thanksgiving. Apparently, all of the online stores are following suit. Couldn’t miss the opportunity to make a dollar or two, now could we? I hate to see this wonderful holiday of gratitude, one of the few days we all celebrate together in this country, regardless of religion or background, taken over by consumerism.
And then I realized, the best way to prevent this from happening is if I don’t spend money today. Don’t browse websites and order from home, don’t visit stores for those early deals. Just don’t engage. If businesses didn’t make money by doing this, they wouldn’t do it.
We, the consumer, can make or break this day for the retailers. Vote with you wallet and don’t shop today if you want to keep Thanksgiving as its own special day. It’s the only way we are going to keep Thanksgiving from becoming the new Black Friday.
So I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving, full of family and friends, good food and safe travel. No strings, or early Black Friday deals, attached.