I'm home today with Gabe and Lana, because they don't have school on the day before Thanksgiving.
Husband, unfortunately, teaches in a different district, and they DO have school.
I slept in (hurray for one kid who can get his own breakfast and read a book by himself when he wakes up, and hurray for the other kid who likes to sleep in!)
When I pulled myself from the warm embrace of my mattress, I sat down to drink some coffee and read the paper.
The paper had some ads stuffed into it.
I assumed the ads would be advertising Black Friday deals, but, in fact, the ads were touting:
THANKSGIVING DAY ONLY SPECIALS!!!
To which I say, "WHAT?" and "EXCUSE ME VERY MUCH?" and "WHAT IN THE SAM HELL ARE YOU THINKING?"
I never shop on Black Friday because I have panic attacks when I am surrounded by too many people in enclosed places, especially when they are all fighting to get the only 2 WII Fits in store. But, at least I understand Black Friday. I have family members who get up at 4:ooAM to go stand in the cold to get the good deals. I get it. I don't want to participate, but I get it.
HOWEVER, "Thanksgiving Day Only" specials? BOO-HISS, retailers, BOO-HISS!!!
Thanksgiving Day? Is one of the few holidays that is both uniquely American AND not subject to rampant consumerism. There are no gifts to purchase for Thanksgiving. There are no costumes.
Thanksgiving? It's about FOOD, and FAMILY and FRIENDSHIP and PARADE FLOATS and watching "Miracle on 34th Street" for the 37th time (preferably the original version with Natalie Wood, but if the remake is your thing, I'm not going to rain on your parade). It's about gathering together with people you love and eating too much food and being thankful for what you have. It's a beautiful thing, Thanksgiving Day.
IT IS NOT ABOUT SHOPPING.
It should NOT be about retailers forcing their minimum wage workers to come in and work on a day when they SHOULD be home with their FAMILIES eating TURKEY.
And so, to the stores that send advertisement circulars in my paper today - and I will NAME you because that's the way I roll when I am ticked - I say this:
Meijer and Kmart - I AM SO DISAPPOINTED IN YOU.
And to everyone else, I am asking you, begging you, imploring and pleading:
PLEASE DON'T GO SHOPPING ON THANKSGIVING DAY.
Unless you have a sick kid and need to find an open pharmacy because you ran out of ibuprofen or something (and in which case, can I take this moment to remind you, while you are at the grocery TODAY buying the fixings for green bean casserole - buy iburprofen...and Tums) - PLEASE DON'T PLAY INTO THIS ATTEMPT TO RUIN THANKGIVING. Retailers need to hear a message from consumers - and that message should be - we want people to spend Thanksgiving with their FAMILIES, not waiting on customers.