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My Solution for Saving Thanksgiving

This Thursday in America is Thanksgiving, that terrific confluence of family, friends, gratitude, food, drink, relaxation, and maybe some football.  It’s also the first day of Hanukkah, so many of you “Members of the Tribe” will be celebrating Thanksgivingkah.  (Can I trademark that?)

But did you notice what my short little list of what Thanksgiving means is missing?  Shopping.  In my post about Thanksgiving a couple years ago, here’s why I love the holiday -

This is my favorite holiday of the year – and not just because of the gluttony.   This is the only American holiday that has NOT been hijacked by the overzealous commercialism, religion, and patriotism.  Think about it…. July 4th? fun, but too much flag waving, same with Memorial Day.  Christmas?  Too commercial these days.  Easter? Too religious.  Nope Thanksgiving Day’s got ‘em all beat – just a time spent with loved ones, enjoying each other’s company, playing/watching football, and dining.

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Alas, this may no longer be completely true any more.  The day after Thanksgiving is known as “Black Friday” when stores offer deep discounts and has become the biggest shopping day of the year.  Store open early in an effort to bring people in the doors for more revenue.   It’s especially important this year as Thanksgiving falls very late in the month of November, thus compressing the holiday shopping season.   And it’s good for the national economy.  At least that’s what they say.

Now there’s a new twist – many stores and malls have followed Walmart’s lead and are opening their doors on Thanksgiving to give people an early start on the holiday shopping.   So instead of visions of this –

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People will be opting for visions of this –

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This –

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Or this –

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This whole idea of commercializing Thanksgiving really bothers me.  Granted, those fools who would rather spend their time fighting complete strangers for a 20%-off television really has no impact on my personal happiness.  But in my advancing years, I’m starting to be more sympathetic to other people.  In this case, I’m feeling really sorry for those poor souls who have to actually go to work on those days.  Retail jobs are not very glamorous and the workers often have no choice but to work – either for fear of losing their jobs or because they REALLY need the money.

Ironically, this will spell the end of Black Friday.  Do you think retailers will pull back next time and go back to being closed on Thanksgiving?  Nope, they’re going to keep up the new “tradition.”   And we’re probably going to see shopping season start earlier and earlier.

So why don’t we just all stop the nonsense and fix this for good?   How about if we don’t tie the shopping to Thanksgiving at all?  Why don’t we just establish a constant date for the official start?  Hunting season starts on a specific date, why not “bargain hunting?”

I propose shopping season starts on November 18th.  Thanksgiving will never fall on that date and retailers will have a huge shopping season. Economists will love it as it makes analyzing how strong the shopping season was much easier as the season would be the same duration year after year.  And family-types like me won’t get pissed off about the commercialization of my favorite holiday.  And the day then won’t be associated with mass consumerism.

The other benefit?  November 18th is my birthday.  So now you jerks won’t forget to get me a present.  Again.

Have a terrific Thanksgiving weekend!  What are your plans? 

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33 comments on “My Solution for Saving Thanksgiving

  1. ksbeth
    November 26, 2013

    i love the pics, love black friday shopping on real friday, not for the deals, but for the adventure, truly. don’t want people to work on thanksgiving, had to do that for years in my food service past, also i agree about the bargain season opening day concept, especially on nov. 18th, for it is my birthday as well! happy belated birthday to my fellow ann arborite and scorpion )

  2. Yinzerella
    November 26, 2013

    I have never, ever, ever shopped on Black Friday. Actually, I typically don’t even leave the house.
    For Thanksgiving this year, for the first time ever, I’m not spending it with my parents. I’m doing an orphans’ holiday thing here. Should be interesting.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      December 3, 2013

      Thanks! How’d dinner go?

      • Yinzerella
        December 3, 2013

        It was OK.
        I sobbed intermittently throughout the day because my ass was unceremoniously dumped the night before.
        Fun times!

  3. Go Jules Go
    November 26, 2013

    I can’t even think about the holiday shopping on Thanksgiving, but when it creeps in, I think the same thing: those POOR PEOPLE who have to WORK at the stores.

    I hope you have a great holiday! Bonus: I heard that for coming up with this great idea, you can now celebrate your birthday through December 18th.

  4. emilyzaikis
    November 26, 2013

    sigh… you speak truth. And let’s not forget cyber Monday adding to the mix. I am all for a designated bargain hunting season start date. Leave the holidays alone. Whether it’s spent joyfully like the “dream” picture above, or spent yelling (moderately) and having too many cooks in the kitchen as in my family. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. an uncommon girl
    November 26, 2013

    my plans do not include shopping – happy THANKSgiving

  6. Heather (Sweet Precision)
    November 26, 2013

    Agreed. I too love Thanksgiving because it hasn’t been over-commercialized. Now with stores open on Thursday it takes away from the meaning of the day.

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      December 3, 2013

      Maybe there should be a new holiday – Shoppers Extravaganza Day – so maybe retailers can get it out of their system.

  7. PinotNinja
    November 26, 2013

    PREACH. Why can’t we ALL just have one day a year off at the same time for the same reason? I really don’t think that is too much to ask.

    Although, on the other hand, perhaps it would be good for my self-esteem to take a cruise through WalMart on Thanksgiving eve after I’ve binged on every pie that I can get my hands on. No matter how whale-like I’m feeling in my stretched-to-the-max skinny jeans, I will feel like a chic and delicate little waif there.

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      December 3, 2013

      And not just classy-lite or classy-adjacent, right?

      • PinotNinja
        December 3, 2013

        Nope. When I’m in the Mart of Wals I am straight up legit Queen of England classy.

        It’s kind of a magical place in that regard.

  8. a2sicilian
    November 26, 2013

    How long have you been waiting to use those pictures in a blog?Anyway, thanks for helping me start my holiday diet earlier–I’ve lost my appetite. ;)

  9. Cowboys and Crossbones
    November 26, 2013

    Great post! I will be stuffing my face in Iowa after a long, 9 hour car ride with my folks. Yay! Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. dwdirwin
    November 26, 2013

    Have a super bad cold right now and this post was just what I need to clear the old bronchial tubes with some much needed guffawing!

  11. thewineraconteur
    November 26, 2013

    Bravo, as a retailer all of my life, I support the idea of enjoying Thanksgiving with the family. Thankfully I have never worked for a major corporation that would think of opening on that day or several other holidays. Since I have always been in retailing, all of my Christmas chores are done by Thanksgiving, and the bills are paid by Christmas (so don’t hate me), but then I could think of a vacation for February or March. Enjoy a hedonistic day of food and wine.

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      December 3, 2013

      Thanks! I had a side retail job for a few years and holiday season was nuts. So I quickly learned to take care of a lot of things before THanksgving, too!

  12. talkavino
    November 27, 2013

    Great post. When I heard about store opening plans for Thanksgiving (for instance, K-Mart plans to be open for 41 hours straight starting on Thursday morning), my first thought was WTF. The second thought was still WTF – people will be actually forced to work over the major family holiday? I only hope that nobody, really nobody goes out for shopping on Thursday, and all this nonsense will die out on its own.
    Have a great Thanksgiving!

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      December 3, 2013

      Thanks! I’m hoping it will, too. I heard foot traffic was up, but dollars weren’t impressive for the weekend. So hopefully they’ll see it wasn’t worth it

  13. M
    November 27, 2013

    While I agree completely about it being despicable for stores to open on Thanksgiving, I have to mention two things. First, those of us who work in the health care industry have to deal with working (or being on call) on every holiday, no matter what. Hospitals don’t close for Thanksgiving, and I’m pretty sure we don’t want them to.

    Second, I have to point out that in your older post that you quote, you complain that Easter, the day that commemorates Jesus rising from the dead, is too religious. I’m REALLY hoping that was sarcasm. :)

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      November 28, 2013

      Not really sarcastic but not anti-religious. Problem is I’ve personally seen way too many people make it a contest of who’s more religious. To the point where it takes away from the intention of holidays.

      As for hospitals, yes we definitely don’t want those closed. But the spirit of it is public service, not revenue. There’s a greater good there.

      Great comments! Happy thanksgiving!!

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      November 28, 2013

      One more thing – I’m personally thankful for healthcare workers and what they do. (My moms a retired doc)

  14. chef mimi
    November 27, 2013

    No one could have predicted Black Friday! I don’t think… Love your photos!

  15. armchairsommelier
    November 29, 2013

    I love this . . . and couldn’t agree more! I’d rather drink Mad Dog 20/20 than shop on Thanksgiving or Black Friday! Salud!!

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      December 3, 2013

      Speaking of… I posted a pic of this on my FB page. The duty free shop in Dominican Republic had a fine wine section. On the shelf was a gallon jug of Manischiewitz.

  16. ConnieD.
    November 29, 2013

    No black Friday shopping here – or interrupting my restful (and thankful) Thanksgiving for shopping either. Staying home is made even more perfect by enjoying a bottle of wine with my husband. I truly enjoyed your post, and btw, the pics were just priceless (and way too much info – LOL!).

  17. thefoodandwinehedonist
    December 3, 2013

    Thanks!

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