It appears that respecting what could arguably be considered the country’s least commercialized and most revered national holiday (Thanksgiving) is waning, as a number of national retailers chip away at the time employees can spend with their families. This Scrooge-like behavior strikes a nasty blow at the very heart of treasured American beliefs such as family, humility, and thankfulness.
Instead of these homespun virtues, larger profits and the almighty dollar are placed before everything else in life. Money is not what makes life special – it is the little things that we should be grateful for – like holding hands, enjoying a meal with friends and family, serving others in need, a lovely sunset, listening to the rain, gazing at the stars, or a beautiful, warm smile.
The best way to put a stop to Black Friday creep into Thanksgiving Day is not to shop at any of those stores that open early for Black Friday. Instead, consider participating in Small Business Saturday on November 24th or a donation to a charity of your choice as an alternative. Otherwise, we only have ourselves to blame for the loss of a cherished and time-honored American tradition. That, my friends, would be a very sad legacy for us to leave for our children and grandchildren.
A happy and safe Thanksgiving to all tomorrow!