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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  1. 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.

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    1. 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!

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  2. 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!!

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    1. 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!

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  3. 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 🙂

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    1. 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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  4. 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.

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  5. 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!

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      1. 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 …

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        1. 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!

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    1. 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!

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  6. 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.

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    1. 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!

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    1. 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!

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

    SUSIE LINDAU FOR PRESIDENT!!

    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

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    1. 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!

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  8. 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!

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    1. 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!

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  9. 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:)

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    1. 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!

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    1. Lunacy is right! I really have to get into the online buying this year. I refuse to go out in the middle of the night let alone on the sacred day itself to grab a bargain!
      Happy Thanksgiving!

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  10. 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!

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    1. 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!

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    1. I feel sorry for them too.
      I am not even sure that I will get out on Friday. We’ll see. My daughter is dancing with the band for the last CU football game. It will probably be the only highlight of that game! Hahaha!
      Happy Thanksgiving!

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