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Save Thanksgiving, Start Shopping Today!

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about people protesting stores being open on Thanksgiving to start the Holiday Shopping Season.   There are a few Facebook groups on it and people have protested some shopping malls.   Of course the stores’ reactions have been something silly about providing a service to the community or some BS like that.  But some have announced that they will NOT be open on Thanksgiving, and I think people should actively seek those stores out.    

All of this has been because of this post from last year.  I really wish those rat bastards would give me some credit.   Sheesh…

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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.  Stores 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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About thefoodandwinehedonist

I don't know everything about the world of food and wine, but I'm not going to let a small detail like that stop me from blogging about it.

15 comments on “Save Thanksgiving, Start Shopping Today!

  1. elizabeth
    November 18, 2014

    A.) Happy birthday!

    B.) My in-laws like to go to the massive mall near them on Black Friday (largest in the US in leasable retail space and second in size to the Mall of America) so this shift to earlier and earlier times has actually made shopping on Black Friday slightly less frantic, but I feel awful for anyone working who is forced to do so on Thanksgiving so I too try to reward stores that respect their employees.

    C.) In theory I am with you on liking Thanksgiving for it not being tied to commercialism, but I’m not a huge Thanksgiving food person so instead my favorite holiday is New Year’s Eve because we stay at home, make lots of food, play board games, and just take it easy. Then we can really relax on New Year’s Day!

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      November 18, 2014

      Thanks!! I too love NYE, but sometimes I don’t remember the food… SO I take it no White Castles stuffing for you? 😉

  2. clothedwithjoy
    November 18, 2014

    Cute – but not the pictures – lol. Nov. 18th is my daughter’s birthday as well – Happy birthday!

  3. ksbeth
    November 18, 2014

    i’m all for it, for every reason you’ve listed and it happens to be my birthday as well. happy birthday and thanks for sharing the day with me )

  4. talkavino
    November 18, 2014

    First of all, Happy Birthday!!!!!!
    Double like on this post. All I can tell you is that my plans for Thanksgiving day only include cooking, eating and drinking. Shopping is not anywhere near my plans. Actually, same goes for Friday as well.

  5. Cheap Wine Curious
    November 18, 2014

    No you dint!!!! Lol….

  6. Duff's Wines
    November 18, 2014

    Reblogged this on Duff's Wines and commented:
    An interesting and compelling argument to close stores on US Thanksgiving Day. I’d suggest we move it back further to either Canadian Thanksgiving or July 6, my birthday. Think of all that time to get the ‘perfect’ gift. Although, I fear that I would still be left pounding on the LCBO door at 6:05 Christmas Eve for a few last minute stocking stuffers. Or, we could just need so much stuff.

  7. Duff's Wines
    November 18, 2014

    OK, I’ll chime in. Happy birthday! I agree totally with you on all counts. When did sleeping out in front of BestBuy, charging through armed guards, and stepping over crushed shopper casualties to get at the last remaining $39 LED TV become ‘fun’? And to your point; more fun than traditional TG festivities.
    Hope you don’t mind I reposted.

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  9. Michelle Williams
    November 20, 2014

    Is that people of walmart picture real? I mean seriously who would walk around like that! Yuck!

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