My problem is, if I were to buy the arguments for Thanksgiving shopping then why can’t we just savor some family time or quiet time? Why can’t we remain in the prayerful state of gratitude instead of the madness of commercialism, the rush of the crowds that will likely cancel out any warm and fuzzy feelings created earlier that day?
I’ve also heard, especially this year, that people say they have to take advantage of these early sales in order to afford to give their family Christmas gifts. Trust me, I get that.
I need the sales just as much as the next person. But when people are changing dinner plans to accommodate the sales at the stores or when women are leaving the family dinner to make it to the stores, I have to ask — at what price?
If you were to ask anyone to share a favorite Christmas memory, a very high percentage would mention trimming the tree, leaving out cookies for Santa, some family tradition and not a gift that they got under the tree. No matter how much a child or adult may covet and appreciate a certain gift, what they will remember is the presence of their parents, siblings and grandparents — not the presents.
We keep asking, “How far are the stores going to go?” As far as we let them. As long as we keep responding, they’ll keep pushing.
I foresee in the very near future Thanksgiving not as a holiday for family and gratitude but totally a shopping day.
That makes me very sad, indeed.
Denise Fedorow is a correspondent and columnist for The Goshen News. Her column appears every other week.