I have been traveling so much this year and have spent so much time in Washington DC area, which I love and truly believe it to be one of the most beautiful places in the country. However, I am amazed (not in a good way) at the sheer amount of money here (I shall refrain from political snark at this time). Am I really the only one not driving a BMW? There is more high-end retail here than anywhere I have ever been.
Do we really need more stuff? It just astounds me that on a day we are supposed to be thankful for what we have, we now spend it scouring over ads and going out shopping for crap we do not need. There are so many people in need (I have been one of them in past years). We have taken the thanks out of Thanksgiving.
Employees at retailers are usually not being paid extra for their holiday hours and typically do not have the option of working or not working - they either work Thanksgiving holiday or lose their jobs.
We have so many people and families in this country that are doing without basic necessities of life, not to mention a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner. What if we went without a $6.00 coffee and donate to the Typhoon Haiyan victims? Or a buy some special foods (that you would like to eat, not cans of creamed corn) and dropping them off at the local food bank? Perhaps even volunteering for a couple of hours (the time you would be shopping). Imagine the impact that would have on your kids?
My point being - enough is enough. I am doing myself (and planet earth) a favor and I am spending my Thanksgiving being incredibly thankful for what I have and not spending it wishing I had more and shopping with the masses.
We are staying home, playing and celebrating Thankfulness!
Happy Happy Thankfulness Thanksgiving to You & Your Family!
Shopping with your family is not exactly what I am talking about when I say spend Thanksgiving with your family.
Be daring and leave your mobile phone and computer....off for Thanksgiving! *gasp*
What are you thankful for?