If you have been reading our blog over the course of the year, you have probably realized that we love to celebrate the holidays. Well, there in this poll of one, there is none greater than next week’s Thanksgiving holiday! Unfortunately, as the years go by, it seems that Thanksgiving is getting swept under the carpet more and more, while consumers leave their families behind to get the early bird deals for their holiday shopping. Retailers are opening on Thanksgiving Day more frequently, and now, earlier and earlier.
For these reasons, we have launched SaveThanksgiving.net! In short, we want to take back the Thanksgiving holiday, remind people that this is a day for giving thanks for all of their respective blessings from the past year, and spend quality time with their family … not leave the house the second the doors open at local retailers.
The thought to start this page began on 11/15 while driving to work. In the middle of the commute, a local radio station here in the NY/NJ area started playing Christmas songs. On November 15th?!?! That was enough. I’m very cognizant of the retailers opening their doors earlier and earlier and I hate the thought of it. I understand it, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. The fact that many are opening earlier and earlier really bothers me. The midnight openings were “OK” to me … they weren’t, but I understood the purpose and goal. Stores opening at 4-7pm now really irks me. This is time that should be spent at home. Nothing is that important when it comes to your holiday shopping.
It would behoove me to point out that not all retailers are opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day. Kudos to PC Richard & Son, Costco, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, Nordstrom’s and more. I would love for any and all of them to come partner on the site for some fun PR that lasts until Halloween 2014!
If you, or anyone you know, is open to partnering with us and joining the “fight” to #SaveThanksgiving – please let us know. Let’s give thanks to our friends and family and spend one day with them without the distractions! Again, you can visit SaveThanksgiving.net and follow the Twitter feed! Share your stories with the world – it could be a simple memory of loved ones, a funny story that makes you think of the holiday, or a picture and memory. If these stories can convince one retailer, one radio station, or just a few people, this will have been worth it.