Here’s an idea for those who like to shop on Black Friday: Patronize local businesses over big box stores. Here’s an article about Small Business Saturday http://www.prescottaz.com/main.asp?SectionID=260&SubSectionID=1148&ArticleID=125665 This is from the Prescott Chamber of Commerce. Local to me. I’m sure there are similar events in your town. I’ve heard it called Plaid Friday, thought not here.
An article in yesterdays Daily Courier http://www.prescottaz.com/main.asp?SectionID=260&SubSectionID=1148&ArticleID=125666 listed some big box stores that are going to be open on Thanksgiving day. Some will be opening in the evening on Thanksgiving, others disrespecting the holiday for the entire day. Some have employees working voluntarily for a higher wage that day, but for a low wage retail worker struggling to keep up with inflation how voluntary can it be?
I find this trend disturbing. Executives raking in millions while many formerly middle class families struggle, small locally owned business having to ape the big box boys to stay afloat. Why not slow down, disconnect for a day or two or four, enjoy the company of family and friends for the Holiday? That, to me, is what it’s about. I can wait a day or two to buy Chinese imports that I don’t need with money I don’t have. If we shop on Thanksgiving Day we are literally buying into this rabid consumerism.
Me, I’ll be having a meal with my husband and some family from his side. Turkey. Ham. Sweet potatoes. And probably too large of a portion of each.
The only holiday not consumed by the corporate greed monster is Christmas Day. Even Wal-Mart is closed for Christmas. Will it last, will Christmas Day remain a real holiday in the face of corporate greed, raging consumerism, and creeping secularism?