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National Retailers Should Feel Backlash For Stealing Thanksgiving For Cold Cash

November 12, 2013


Every year the greedy hands of national retailers stretch out a bit more and take away another part of the Thanksgiving holiday.  Over time we saw stores that once opened at 5:oo A.M. the morning after Thanksgiving slide them open starting at midnight.  Then when it was determined that even more money could be made they decided expanding hours into Thanksgiving was the route to proceed.    When one greedy company starts the cold money rolling the other heartless corporate operators have to get their share too.

As such this year it is doors wide open on Thanksgiving  for Wal-Mart, Target, Toys R Us, Macy’s and Best Buy.  And do not worry about these stores getting every last penny they can.  Some of them will be open 14 hours on Christmas Eve, too!

It is sad and pathetic that our most special and reflective holidays are being stripped away for cold hard cash.  As I watch this play out it is even more sad to me that the people of this country are allowing it to happen.

I really do not care if large corporations try to spin the notion they are really needing sales, and therefore they ‘have’ to be open on Thanksgiving.  I do not care at all that these large chains have constructed their business models so that as much as 40% of annual revenue are made in the last weeks of the year.  At the end of that argument is the fact that families and friends should be able to gather for a day of celebration and renewal of the inner spirit.

Every year at this time I condemn corporate greed, and also remind people that instead of concentrating on mass purchases perhaps it might be more fun and personally rewarding to focus on home, family, and friends.  Some of the old ideas might at first seem quaint, but I suggest they would be far more beneficial to our society than paying for a widget or gadget from a large corporation.

Instead of standing in line and pushing through crowds of ill-tempered shoppers why not have a group over to your home, each bringing a cookie recipe.  If your kitchen is like all those in my memory the talking will never end as all sorts of cookies are made, and of course sampled.

Make spiced cider, pass around the song books, gather around the piano, or even just a pitch pipe and have some fun.

Meanwhile Wal-Mart is planning to have holiday fun, too.  They plan to do it the cold-corporate way.

Wal-Mart will pay their Thanksgiving workers, which will number about a million associates  holiday wages on top of their normal earnings. The giant discounter also said it would serve free meals during turkey day shifts and offer employees who work that day a 25% discount on a holiday season purchase.

I am strongly suspecting that each Wal-Mart worker would just prefer to observe Thanksgiving at home.

  1. Solly permalink
    December 5, 2013 1:12 AM

    While I think your posts about commerce on a made-up holiday are generally over-the-top (Carrie Nation) (and no, I wouldn’t be caught dead in a Walmart on Thanksgiving) I thought you might enjoy this video. It’s from a small religious affiliated college in Iowa. Most of the shopping mall crowd and student body is mighty white (it’s Iowa, gosh darn it), but there is a little diversity. The music is a favorite of mine. The jock drama queens are wonderful. And it’s great to see the reactions of the crowd to the flash mob. My favorite is the Dad speaking with the two boys, all with the same haircut. The only social comment I would have is with the people not living in the moment and enjoying, and more concerned with filming on their cameras, one can only imagine, to post on Facebook, instrument of Beelzebub.

  2. Skip permalink
    November 12, 2013 4:59 PM

    You’re welcome.

    I think you spare the populace unnecessarily. They line-up in the wee hours of the morning and trample one another to death over a TV. Besides, why is Christmas such a big deal? I would think Easter – the holiday commemorating your salvation and the whole point of Christianity – would be the big holiday.

  3. November 12, 2013 2:56 PM

    Thanks, Skip. Perhaps tomorrow I will give them a post and ‘thumbs up’ concerning this matter. Nordstrom’s, too.

    Have a nice afternoon.

  4. Skip permalink
    November 12, 2013 2:02 PM

    At least one retailer in Milwaukee agrees with you. To wit:

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