Boycott the Madness

Back in the day, the Friday after Thanksgiving was the traditional kick-off for holiday shopping. After perusing the advertisements in the morning, we would devise a plan for the next day. Then we would enjoy time with our family by watching the Macy’s parade, football games, indulging in delicious food, giving thanks and then relaxing. I am not sure if it was the recession or someone’s complete and utter craziness, but retailers have opened their doors earlier and earlier, slowly creeping into the wee hours of the morning until it was MIDNIGHT.

But this year, they have done the unthinkable. The doors will open at Target, Toys R Us, Sears, and Walmart at 8:00 and 9:00 ON THANKSGIVING NIGHT! The ads will fill the newspaper on Thanksgiving morning, enticing consumers to abandon their evening by offering rock bottom prices on a few items.

This is just sick and wrong people! It is a national holiday. That is supposed to mean a day of rest for ALL Americans. But no! Think of those who are scheduled to work. They have to leave their homes with dinner not fully digested. Think of the people that need to save $20 on a digital camera, a particular toy, or blender. They will leave half their pumpkin pie on their plate as they grab their keys and dash for the car.

Consumerism will consume the best part of our family day. You know, that vegetative state we all enjoy when filled with tryptophan from the turkey.

We must take a stand! Yes take a stand to sit or lay down this Thanksgiving. Yes! Sit and eat and watch television like true Americans and then shop on Friday.

This puts even more pressure on small businesses so remember to shop at the independent retail stores that can’t compete. Thank them for opening their doors at a reasonable hour.

Will you join The Madness or take a stand with me?

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131 responses to “Boycott the Madness

  1. This is just like what’s been happening in New Zealand in recent years – the way commercialism has crept into public holidays where we shouldn’t be thinking of such things. Apparently if a store isn;t open 24/7, 365 days a year, it won’t make money. I beg to differ! The worst of it is, we can boycott them but it’s often hard to avoid being bombarded by the adverts. I think it’s time to move to Mars.

    • We might find those lost colonists along the way!
      I think I’ll do an updated repost of this since my son has to leave at 5:30 to work a 12 hour shift on Thanksgiving. Crikey!!!

  2. I LOVE not participating in Black Friday madness and I’m so glad I don’t. Cyber Monday, now that’s a different story. :)

    • Exactly! I can’t believe how much time I have saved. I placed my last order online and saved a bundle! I love getting the packages delivered to my front door too! Especially the heavy stuff!
      Thanks for stopping by to read!

  3. I’m with you on this. Thanksgiving is for drumsticks, not door busting specials.

  4. Holiday shopping is ridiculous. I worked retail while I was in college. Thanksgiving was the first time a woman threw panties at me because they weren’t on sale. I only worked there. I hate the mall.

  5. SO with you, Susie! I may not set foot out of my house all day Friday!!

    I used to kind of enjoy the Black Friday spree, but it’s become so overheated that it’s just work. Christmas is more than a month away. Calm down, people!

    Really, this is not fair to the store employees who are having their family holidays nibbled away (you know next time the stores will be opened even earlier on Thanksgiving, until it becomes only another business day).

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  7. I agree with you, Susie. How sad that some people will have to work on Thanksgiving night… We don’t have Black Friday in Europe but if I lived in the US, I would sure take a stand and boycott the madness with you!

    • Thanks Camille! I knew I could count on you! This really is pure madness. It it consumerism out of control and on steroids. You are lucky that the greed hasn’t made its way there!

  8. I am all for laying on the couch and eating extra pumpkin pie! Yes!! Have a happy thanksgiving, Susie.

  9. . . . my life has always been a boycott by default!

  10. good message as always! Love to shop local.

  11. I agree with you — this is crazy and just mean. I’ll join you, but I never shop on Black Friday anyway, so no one will notice.

  12. I’m with you – starting your shopping on Friday is plenty of time – the poor salespeople that have to leave their families to go to work on Thursday – not nice!

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  14. It’s insane, that’s what it is. Also, another wrong thing I noticed is that this year all Christmas ornaments were already up at shops even before Halloween! For Christ’s sakes, Halloween is such a sacred festivity (for me), how can this be! I think all multinationals really believe the world will end this year and they have to rush the holiday sales before Apocalypse! LOL!

    • That must be it! Hahaha! I think it is all ridiculous. We are rushed through all the holidays so the big stores can make extra bucks. I am afraid that it will become like Sundays and we’ll have retail shops open on all of them.
      I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving, all day and all night too!

  15. If I can’t buy it on line, no way am I going to wait in a line and I’m certainly not going to bolt the Turkey Day table to partake in that lunacy. That’s utterly ridiculous.

  16. I couldn’t agree more, it seems the store owners are becoming desperate in a depressed economy?? I can’t imagine having such a sad life that I’d choose shopping over family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones, Susie! xx (I know I’m early:)

    • I had heard that the black Friday sales had hit Canada too. It is relentless this time of year. I think it is especially hard to take after the barrage of campaign ads on TV to go right into the Christmas push. Plus, Thanksgiving is almost a week early!
      Thanks so much Barbara! And enjoy your holidays too!

  17. True post, rock on! I don’t shop Black Friday, but I’m not opposed to it, esp. if you need one of those big items that they only have so many of, ie electronics! I still have to get my food for Thursday, have the big turkey, and no we won’t be going anywhere but the house. Ping pong anyone, I crush!

    • The Crusher! I love it!
      I am just mad that they will be taunting us with those deals only available ON Thanksgiving! It is so sad….I will be on the couch with my family! I can’t wait!
      Thanks Lilie!

  18. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Loud and strong:


    My husband and I were just discussing this very thing. We decided that we’re going to cook our turkey Wednesday night so we can be well rested and ready to hit the stores at 8:00 Thanksgiving night.

    Or better yet, we’ll have our traditional Thanksgiving meal for breakfast Thursday morning and then gnaw on the turkey legs while we shop at 8:00.

    How ridiculous! We’re boycotting Black Friday altogether. And we’re not getting our Christmas tree either. We’re going to enjoy leftovers in the comfort of our home. Then . . . maybe Saturday, we’ll get our tree. (I can’t help it. I love Christmas! But I always enjoy Thanksgiving FIRST.)

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    • Hahaha! You are so great Patricia and I will hire you as my press secretary!
      I don’t know what they are thinking. One store must leak out their hours and the others follow. Pretty soon we won’t have a holiday at all!
      I can just see you and your husband gnawing on those legs in Target. That would get some looks! :)
      I love the holidays too and plan to slooooooowwww down and enjoy them!
      Have a Happy Thanksgiving Patricia!

  19. Count me in…I’m boycotting…your right, it’s WRONG, WRONG,WRONG!
    I shall lay on the couch and add more cool-whip to my pie.

  20. Tomorrow I am going to do my best to make sure I have everything I need to survive until….Monday. I hate holiday shopping. I hate the fact that store owners manipulate people like they do. It’s just not right. So I am totally with you on this, Susie! Everyone just stay home.

    • Spread the word Kristy! We need to stay home in force. We need to “immobilize” our troops, sit down with our families and watch television for gosh sakes!
      Thanks so much Kristy and have a wonderful holiday!

  21. Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuude. I am so with you on this one. There is absolutely no excuse for leaving pie at the table. I mean absolutely no excuse. What the hell? I know times are tough and people are trying to save money, but missing out on football and enjoying a vegetative state that’s tradition … are you kidding me? No. I’m totally not into that idea or the camping out business for Black Friday. No. No. No. Some people are actually camping out as of today? Today! Good grief! You took the words out of my mouth.

    • I am glad you are with me Guat. You need to get the State of California behind this as I work on Colorado…together we can keep everyone at home, on the couch eating and watching television where they should be!
      Thanks and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  22. I am with you on this one, I may sit out the whole holiday shopping routine and only buy online. Every year the holiday season has less and less meaning, shameful!

    • I am definitely going to use the computer for a lot of my shopping. I noticed there are many sales online. I hate that the focus is changing from family to shopping. We need to make a stand by sitting and not going anywhere!
      Spread the word Marcia! Thanks and have a great Thanksgiving!

  23. Reblogged this on Patricia Sands' Blog and commented:
    I always like it when we are in Florida for Thanksgiving. Since Canadian Thanksgiving is in October, this means I get to celebrate my favourite holiday all over again. As important as it is to give thanks, after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy on the east coast I felt the urge more than ever to put more emphasis on the “giving” part of Thanksgiving this time. Just as I was looking up links for ways to help Sandy victims, Susie’s blog landed in my mailbox. I was stunned! The news about the store openings on Thanksgiving evening had somehow not reached my ears. This issue deserves a very loud rant and Susie has set the tone! Please join in and boycott these ridiculous store openings
    and donate some of that shopping money to folks who truly deserve our help.
    Donating to the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, or Feeding America are always reliable sources and don’t forget the gift that keeps on giving – blood donations. It’s painless, free, and they will probably give you cookies. Truly make this a ThanksGIVING!

    • So fantastic Patricia! I agree and that would be a great way to give back. The gas money alone could help them!
      Thanks so much for the reblog and have a fabulous Thanksgiving!

      • Just an update … semi-comatose on the couch … turkey, stuffing, pie, the whole kit and caboodle. Why did we do it again when we just did it last month??? Oh yes, warming up for the Christmas meal …

        • I am so proud of you Patricia! Hahaha!
          I haven’t been out shopping at all! I am going to try “my hand” at cyber shopping this year…We will be eating our third Thanksgiving dinner tonight then the leftovers will be frozen!

  24. It has gone too far. When I was a child, nothing retail opened on Sunday, now they want to claim holidays. There should be a few days a year where we shut it down, and this one is at the top of the list.

  25. I work for a pharmacy now and my last job was at Cracker Barrel, so I’ve gotten used to working my Thanksgivings over the years. These places are open because people come, so who can really blame them? And while I don’t always like working the holidays, I do always like time and a half pay! Kind of makes it much easier to swallow :)

    • I think that is fantastic and a worker probably knows in advance, but this was just sprung on everyone. I also think that it impacts millions of people across the country. Soon no one will have the day off…
      Thanks and have a wonderful Thanksgiving even if you do work!

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  27. This is the portion of Capitalism that I despise. Our system is clearly the best on this planet, but certainly not without it’s pitfalls. Christmas music is already playing at our local big-box store too (not a walmart) and it stinks. To top it off, my wife and I just now got from from said big-box with several hundred bucks of food-n-stuff for this Thursday. Madness!!

    • It is madness John! I think we as consumers need to just say no at some point. I hope many stay home and choose to enjoy their holiday instead. Spread the word!
      Happy Thanksgiving to you both!

  28. I’m not insane. I’ll miss the festivities. I’d rather have root canal without benefit of novacaine performed by a wino with DT’s. Oh, that is my dentist.

  29. You know I won’t be shopping. I’m at the beach. :) I won’t even be shopping on Black Friday, I haven’t participated in that in several years. I don’t care for the way big companies push us to panic over big holidays. I used to work for a large retail company and we would joke how it was only a matter of time before they ignored all the holidays. Maybe it wasn’t a joke more than foresight.

    • Nice! I guess you were right. I didn’t think that Target would cross the line. They have such a great reputation. So sad….
      Thanks Debra for taking the time from your vacation to comment! Have a great Thanksgiving!

  30. Reblogged and shared on Facebook and Twitter… and I did it all from my Android phone! I love my Samsung Galaxy IIS Skyrocket! Woot!

  31. Reblogged this on Veronica The Pajama Thief and commented:
    Capitalism corrupting family values… please join us in boycotting stores that are opening their doors on Thanksgiving evening. Thank you!

  32. Oh, and I forgot to mention… there is no way in he** I am missing Nana’s pumpkin pie Thanksgiving evening to go shopping. Those stores should be closed for the holiday!

  33. Corporate greed is ruining tradition and family values… this is contemptible… companies utter disregard for their workers, just to add to their profit margin!!

    We will be boycotting… oh yes… believe it! In fact… the only store we will step in on Black Friday will be Starbucks… and that’s a ‘maybe’.

    This is our “fight back’ against consumerism and the commercialization of holidays and corporate disregard for family values!!

    *Veronica steps down from soapbox*

    “Who’s next?

  34. I sincerely doubt that I will be out on Thanksgiving evening. We are doing the lunch thing, instead of an evening meal. If I am truly lazy, I take a trip out to eat. I tend to tip larger on holidays as I feel bad for the ones who work. I agree with your post. I simply doubt that the majority of people will do more than adjust their schedules to be done and leave, most of them in a huge hurry. The only thing I can see as positive is that the ladies of the house can now offer a “choice” to the men: either drive them to the stores and shop or stay home and clean up after the meal. :-)

  35. Poor Thanksgiving. Can’t get no respect :) Personally, I celebrate Blue Friday after Thanksgiving. It mostly (totally) consists of sitting on the couch in a Blue Snuggie/ Slanket contraption.

  36. I am totally with you on this one, Susie! This is capitalism on steroids (and thery’ve been on them long enough they’ve reached the psychotic stage). I’m off to tweet about your post.

  37. I have never participated in the insanity, but it makes me CRAZY to envision the CEO’s enjoying the Holiday while the minions are working (not even for extra pay). It will be a small business only Christmas in this house. I REFUSE to set foot in a Walmart…..ever. This subject makes my blood boil!! If consumers don’t start recognizing the bigger picture soon we are all doomed.

    • That is such a great point about the CEO”S. I am sure they won’t tread inside a box store this Thanksgiving. It ruins the day for so many who deserve the holiday like the rest of us…
      Spread the word to stand up and boycott by sitting or laying down this Thursday!

  38. Can’t wait to see your blog when they start opening at 8 in the morning on Thanksgiving. I’m with you!

  39. Craziness. The Black Friday concept has even come to Canada (although Boxing Day is typically our psycho-bargain-day). Travel companies offer bus packages to bordering US towns/cities and most retailers put out Black Friday flyers, though store hours are normal and everyone still works because we had our Thanksgiving in October.

    It even affects the contact of my blog. I kick off my Worst Toys of the Year series on the Monday of this week….

    Here’s to sanity. May we all find ours.

    • Bus packages is insane!
      I agree that The Madness is spreading like a greedy virus…we need to hold fast to our pocketbooks and small children. I will not get off my couch and no one can make me…Hell no! I won’t go!

  40. I am not going anywhere near the Madness and the Insanity of these stores opening that early. I think the meaning of the Holiday has truly been lost:( I will be gathering with family and friends and spending quality time together eating and being merry:) I heard on the news this morning that people are already lining up and plan to eat their dinner in line – HORRIBLE – SHAMEFUL!!! I am a little tired of the Holidays being shoved upon me – I cannot even find Thanksgiving stuff in the stores this weekend.

    Happy Monday:)

  41. I’m glad I’m not the only one thinking this. I’ve been going out on Black Friday the last couple years, my wife has a crowd phobia so she stays home, but this year I’m waiting for Cyber Monday.

    I don’t like having to abandon my family to shop for holiday presents. It worked out best when the kids would be in bed and I could go shopping while they slept, this year the stores are getting greedy.

    I understand the economy isn’t the same, but they’re just getting greedy about it.

    Nice to see I’m not the only one thinking of a boycott.

  42. If only enough people would resist these sales and not shop on Thanksgiving Day. Sadly, it’s likely that nothing will change :-(

  43. Unbelievable! The economy needs a boost but so does a focus on family and giving thanks! The next thing you know stores won’t even close on Thanksgiving and Christmas and that truly would be disgusting. Susie, I’m going to reblog your post and I hope lots of others do as well. Let’s donate money to the Hurricane Sandy victims instead of spending on stuff most people probably don’t need. Let’s keep the rant going!

  44. I think its awful… the same thing happened with Sunday shopping when it began and you saw how far that got.

  45. Dogs will hate this post – people in a hurry drop lots of crumbs and leave mucho leftovers…which some creature needs to eat
    (maybe early shopping is a health initiative?)
    Fun post

  46. I have always stayed away from stores at this time of year. There is nothing I want or need so bad I’d give up time with my family to go out into the madness of Black Friday. Unfortunately, I think the only way the madness will stop is when the workers who are forced to give up Thanksgiving take a stand against the big businesses pushing for profits. BF shoppers won’t boycott, because they want those deals. I do wonder what it’s going to be like in a few years? Will corporate greed cancel out Thanksgiving entirely?

    Still, good for you, Susie. Maybe buttons would help! :-)

    • I should make them and stand in front of Walmart and hand them out.
      I hope people consider what they are giving up too. I hate that we are being manipulated by greed…
      Thanks so much Mary and have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

  47. my wife found out last night about the sales paper coming out on thanksgiving day and was upset. Her and her mother go black Friday shopping every year until, last year there was two fights at the local Wal-Mart while they were there so they are now shopping for deals online and other than fighting the crowds… This was a great post considering the markets aim to draw you in on a holiday and expand their marketing with disreguard for a national holiday ment to bring families together. I however have to work on thanksgiving and Christmas this year. (prisons never shut down fully) wishing you and yours a happy holiday season.

    • I wish the very best to you too! I am sure that your presence will be appreciated especially because on the holidays.
      I think the sales bring out the worst in people. First the stores all compete with each other and then shoppers throw their elbows out to grab the deals. So sad.
      I will be at home with my family and the remote on the couch…

  48. That is insanity! As mums we know only too well how welcome a moment of peace is. What is the world coming to?

  49. The flip side is, tons of people show up.
    Thanksgiving openings have been tested for a few years, and people come to wait on line and buy.

    I’m not going, but plenty of people will…

  50. The only thing that really surprises me is that greedy retailers have waited so long to try Thanksgiving openings. Greed is such a wonderful thing. I worked at our local mall one Christmas season. On Black Friday it opened at 6 am with the mall giving away a freebie bag (worth about $10) to the first 150 customers. When I arrived at 5:30 the line outside in sub-zero temperatures was huge. It took about 5 minutes to give away all the freebies. I refuse to shop on Black Friday. I do most of my shopping on-line.

    • I love your on-line idea and am going to try to do most of my shopping that way this year.
      At least they named it appropriately: Midnight Madness! It sure is!
      My daughter went out last year, but I don’t think she’ll go again.
      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks also for joining the “sit and eat in!”

  51. I’ve actually just been writing a post on this very topic! Not as well worded, and posted much later, but…

    • Thanks Byronic Man!
      I had another post ready to blog tomorrow, but I posted my outrage on Facebook. I couldn’t believe the response so I wrote it this morning.
      I just can’t believe they encroached on our sacred day. A day of thanks and gluttony cut short by retail? Really?

  52. I totally agree. This is ridiculous. To me, it sounds like working for the Pharoah. If people do this: they will be slaves. I know folks need the money, but we also need our down-time and our families. Time to be grateful. I think this is a sad commentary about where America is right now.

    • I think it is Renee. And I do believe the recession has everything to do with it. Retail sales slumped for few years and this seemed to jump start the shopping. Workers don’t have a choice. My daughter won a promotion at Nordstrom where she works or she may have had to work the graveyard shift…
      You won’t find me shopping on Thanksgiving, ever!
      Thanks for reading. :)

  53. I agree! i weighed in on this yesterday–sorta. Warning–shameless plug coming:

  54. It’s ridiculous. There will be fights and issues all over the place. Ulta Beauty (which is like Sephora) is even opening at midnight on Friday. Seriously? Shopping for makeup at midnight? No thanks. I haven’t done Black Friday in any form in years – I find my deals online. I’d end up in jail if I went out there, lol. Great post!

  55. I’m with you! This is appalling, and I will be boycotting any store that starts its Black Friday on Thanksgiving.

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