I am refusing to Christmas shop right now.
I so badly want to focus on Thanksgiving.
I don't want my kids, or me for that matter, to forget how to be thankful.
I don't want to go from wanting lots of candy straight to wanting lots of presents.
I want my kids to enjoy the month of November remembering what they have to be thankful for - hoping that it will create in them an attitude of gratefulness all year long.
And I am quite aware that most people have already started Christmas shopping, hunting for the best deals. I too love a good bargain. I know there will be thousands of people shopping before the sun has even thought to rise the day after Thanksgiving - and more power to you!
My hubby has worked in retail his whole career and from Black Friday to the first of the year is an insane time. We always gear up for it mentally, knowing that we won't see much of Daddy during those few weeks.
But this year, it's going to start earlier.
This year he has to work on Thanksgiving.
This year, before my kids will even be in bed from the days festivities, he has to go to work so that people can shop for presents on Thanksgiving.
I understand that times are tough. I understand that businesses are trying to survive and figure out ways to make even more money.
But can't we as consumers stand up and say that we disagree with them taking time from employee's families on Thanksgiving just to make a little extra profit?
I just want to ask you - please don't support these businesses that are open on Thanksgiving. Please don't go shopping Thanksgiving night...please wait till Black Friday to spend your money. Please let these businesses know with your spending that we as a country still value family over stuff...over the best presents...over whatever?
Please be respectful and don't shop on Thanksgiving so that managers like my husband can send home his employees because they are so slow, so at least those people will get to spend the evenings with their families.
Let's spend Thanksgiving being thankful instead of thinking about all the things we want and feel we can't live without.