December 2, 2013

Don’t Move Up Black Friday – Give Thanksgiving Back

‘Tis the season! That phrase seems to start earlier each year. Black Friday no longer starts on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Retailers seem to creep earlier and earlier into the season: Wal-Mart starts a week early and K-Mart will open its doors at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving.

It doesn’t stop there because shoppers admit to skipping Thanksgiving dinner (or maybe just rushing through it) to hit the sales. According to the Chicago Tribune, some even “chose not to travel to a relative’s house in favor of shopping, according to the poll released by and conducted online by Harris Interactive.”

You read that right — people will forgo turkey dinners with all the trimmings, memories and family time for sales.

But is that culture reflecting retail, or vice versa? There may be a chance for a change if the right movement arises.

Instead of selling, and buying, and shoving Christmas’ and Hanukah and Kwanza’s retail rush into our already stuffed turkeys, let’s counter it, and create #GiveThanksgivingBack.

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