As I was out running Thanksgiving errands today, I had my car radio tuned to our local NPR station, and on the Diane Rehm Show, a group of people were talking about Black Friday, and to my horror, I heard that many of the country's big box stores were planning to be open on Thanksgiving so people could get an early start.
Isn't Thanksgiving a day to spend with the people we love and to eat a lot of turkey and count our many blessings?
And even more interesting than the guests were the callers. Some were appalled by the whole thing, others expressed sympathy for the store clerks who would have to work on Thanksgiving, and one woman called to say that her family decided that they would have a Thanksgiving brunch so they could hit the stores early.
OK, so you cut Thanksgiving short so you can run to Walmart and buy a bunch of Chinese plastic junk for the people you love?
I've spent all day getting the house ready and cooking so I can celebrate tomorrow with ten people I love. And man, if a single one of them cuts out early to hit the mall, I am going to hit the offender!
I am waiting for Saturday, when many small, locally owned retailers are having their day! Hopefully, I can find some beautiful gifts made by local artisans. In the meantime, no Thanksgiving brunch for this blogger, or for my friends and family who are joining me to celebrate this day and each other.
Here's wishing my Active Rain family a happy Thanksgiving with lots of wonderful tastes and fun.