Please Don’t Shop Tomorrow
I just saw a commercial on TV advertising the fact that one of the big box stores will be open all day tomorrow, Thanksgiving. You can get a jump on your holiday shopping, beat the crowds, and find all kinds of deals. All you need to do is head on over, on the day that is designated as a day of reflection about the sacrifices that our founders made and the brutal conditions they lived under during the early years of the Republic.
And so I post this in hopes that we can all boycott such corporate ploys. Their goal is profits, which is fine. But the goal of Thanksgiving is to allow us a day to spend with our families, in a kind of vicarious recognition that the American family first came together under extremely harsh conditions, where we broke bread with the natives.
According to a similar sentiment, in the past two or three years I’ve engaged in almost zero commerce on Sunday (only that which has been necessary). It’s something I picked up from my Mormon friends: if you believe in respecting the Sabbath, then it’s incumbent on you to avoid participating in commercial behavior lest you essentially force others to work and capitalize on our boundless consumerism. If we all recognized the Sabbath, we would spend the same amount of money overall, but local businesses would close on Sunday and thus their proprietors would gain time with their families.
And how much more magnified is this on the holidays? Sure, we all want to beat the day-after-Thanksgiving crowds, but do you really want to do so at the expense of having your neighbor working Thanksgiving evening?