Saturday, November 15, 2014

Reminder: don't shop on Thanksgiving

Once again, we're faced with a number of large retailers opening all day on Thanksgiving. The New York Times piece notes that some retailers are publicizing their family-friendly decision to stay closed that day, but the backlash against Thanksgiving-as-shopping-day doesn't seem to have stopped any of last year's corporate culprits.

As I wrote last year:

We need Thanksgiving. It celebrates and refreshes our national spirit. It brings us together. And in these troubled times, when we are so viciously split by contentious issues, we need all the reminders we can get that we're one country.

Sacrificing all that Thanksgiving represents for the sake of consumerism is not just crass, it's destructive to our national unity.

(Read the whole thing. It was a good post, if I say so myself.)

So again, I say to you:

If you care about the well-being of the country, not to mention your family, friends and neighbors, don't shop on Thanksgiving.

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