Nicki Anderson

Thanksgiving- Lost in Translation

By Nicki On November 25, 2013 Under Being a Mom, Family, Holidays, Thanksgiving, Top News

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One of the reasons I love Thanksgiving is that it’s not about the gifts, it’s about family. Coming together, sharing a meal, sharing stories and realizing what really matters. However, thanks to this crazy world of consumerism, we can’t even forget about the world around us for one day because stores have decided to open. I don’t know about you, but I really hate the idea.

If you look at the evolution of Christmas, this once very sacred holiday has become more about everything other than the historical meaning. People have become obsessed with shopping and getting the perfect gift.  Money, greed and stress have replaced, peace on earth.  Kind of crummy.

I know there are some people that cherish Black Friday as  a family tradition. They wake up at the crack of dawn and begin their shopping marathon. Given that it’s AFTER Thanksgiving I figure to each his own.  But now it seems no holiday is immune to the marketing  ploys of big business. The one day a year when people come together, the good, bad and the ugly of holidays feasts and it’s now compromised because the world of retail has come up with one more tactic to part you with your money and your family.

Personally, I will not even think about going out shopping on Thanksgiving, it’s the one day out of the entire year where we sit down as a family, with no agenda, no place to be, no rushing off to work and we can just be a family. No cares, no worries. I always considered Thanksgiving the calm before the storm. The big exhale of the holiday season. thanksgiving-pledge

I don’t know about you, but I plan to stay toasty and warm without any plans  other than being with my family. I owe it to them and to the holiday. It’s is a time to be THANKFUL. The idea of putting shopping before family just doesn’t sit well with me.  As much as people have complained about losing Christmas or Chanukah to the world of retail, that loss now includes Thanksgiving, the one holiday I thought was immune. Sadly, I was wrong.

What will you be doing on Thanksgiving?

 

Here’s to never wishing for more time, rather making the most of it.

 

Nicki

2 comments - add yours
Susan G

November 26, 2013

I agree. Shopping on Thanksgiving is ridiculous. I will be home that day, cooking a great meal, and spending time with extended family.

We do shop Black Friday, but not like others. We don’t leave until after 10 am. We don’t scour the papers for the deals. We choose OakBrook Center because we can get outside between stores and out of the crowds as a result. We start out by having a nice sit down lunch. It is the one day a year where both my sisters, my daughter and I can spend time together without everyone else. So even that has become more about family for us. There have been years we have come home empty-handed simply because we did not find the right gifts. (We are not going to buy something just because it is Black Friday and on sale. It has to be the right thing.)

Unfortunately, there will be people who will go to the stores that have chosen to open on Thanksgiving and as a result, they will probably open next year too.

Nicki

November 26, 2013

That’s a great plan Susan. I don’t know how people get up at 5 a.m. right after Thanksgiving. I’m still in my food coma! And yes, I agree, buying something for the right reasons, not just because it’s on sale. I hope the Thursday shoppers and marginal and they don’t do it again next year. One can only hope. Happy Thanksgiving to you!