Letter: Send a message to big-box retailers
On the one day that is set aside for families to share each other’s worlds, we are told by the big-box stores to eat fast and go shopping. Unfortunate family members who work retail may not get to sit at the table at all; they have to get to work.
Why do we have to follow the rules the stores are making? On sale from 4-6, one day only, door-buster sales, etc. Do we need this stress?
We should all step back and look at what they have turned us into. It isn’t pretty: people getting trampled to buy a TV or camping out in the cold like homeless for the best price.
Let’s all make an effort to celebrate Thanksgiving like it was meant to be. Sit and chat with everyone at your table. Find out how they feel, what’s new in their lives. Some of them may not be there next Thanksgiving; don’t waste an opportunity to be part of their lives now. Sit down, relax, eat, laugh, reminisce and let everyone participate. Don’t send them off to work.
We all know Christmas is coming every year. Start shopping early, and you won’t need to go on Thanksgiving Day. There are sales all year round.
Let’s take charge and show them when we want to shop. It isn’t Thanksgiving Day. They’re taking the spirit of Christmas away from us and we’re letting them!