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  • just a conservative girl 10:24 AM on 11/27/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: black friday, , , holidays, shopping, thanksgiving,   

    Here’s an Idea, Don’t Want to Shop on Thanksgiving? Don’t Go to the Stores 

    This is another thing that just sits in my craw.  All this hullabaloo about stores opening on Thanksgiving.  For the record, I have zero intention of going to the stores this weekend, let alone on Thanksgiving day.  But I don’t make a big deal over the ones that do.  I have a friend who lives in Texas and I remember last year on Thanksgiving she was posting pictures of her and her kids standing in line to get into the stores.  She labeled a few of them as creating memories.  She was doing this not so much to get a big bargain, but for her kids to remember those moments spent with mom and dad on Thanksgiving.  Again, I wouldn’t do it.  But who am I to tell her she can’t or that she is somehow a bad person because she chooses to?

    Another thing that really gets me is the total lack of concern for those that work at restaurants that happen to be open on Thanksgiving.  There are plenty of people who can’t be bothered to cook a large meal and go out for dinner.  Do you think that the dishwashers in that restaurant are getting big tips?  Not likely.  They too are away from their families.  So are the chefs/cooks.  What about the cater waiters who go to people homes to help serve meals?  Yes that does happen.  Do you think that those people don’t have families like the poor abused Wal-Mart worker?

    Look, I have long ago thought that the holiday season has become so commercialized that “the reason for the season” has gotten lost.  That is the society we live in.  That is the society that we have chosen for ourselves.  This isn’t be pushed upon us by Wal-Mart.  I remember when I was a kid I was in the family station wagon driving to our destination on Thanksgiving morning and my parents being worried about having enough gas to get back home.  There were no open gas stations back then.  There were no open grocery stores for those items that you didn’t remember to buy on your trip for your family meal.  You had to make due.  But today virtually every major grocery store chain is open for at least part of the day.  Oh yeah, they are primarily unionized so the cries for them aren’t quite as loud.

    Yes, Thanksgiving should be about family.  But the fact is that people have been working on holidays for generations now.  Do you think those football stadiums aren’t staffed?   I have a Christmastime birthday and I am a long-suffering life-long Knicks fan.   I was trying to decide what to do for my birthday this year and was thinking about going to a Knicks game since I am now back in the New York area.  They are playing on Christmas Day.  Do you have any idea how badly I want to go to that game?  I found about it far too late and it is all sold out and I am way too cheap to pay the exorbitant prices that tickets are going for at this stage, but let me tell you, I would love to be sitting in the stands on that day.  Does that make me a bad person?  How exactly is that different from Wal-Mart being open?  People will be working won’t they?

    People decide for themselves what is family tradition and how that time is spent with said family.  There are people who have very tight budgets for Christmas gifts and the deals that are sometimes available during these big events are more than they can resist.  I have another friend who when her children were young, didn’t have a great deal of money and her daughter wanted a doll.  That doll was on sale for three hours on the middle of the night.  She got her butt out of bed and went and got it.  Why?  Because she couldn’t have afforded it otherwise and that was the one thing her little girl really wanted.  That was important to her.  You may view it a different way, but for her and her daughter it was something special.

    This is yet one more example of people trying to use something for a political goal.  This isn’t about people missing time with their families.   This is about unionizing Wal-Mart.  If this were simply about people working during “family time” they would be complaining about all the  other businesses that will be open on Thanksgiving Day.  When you start worrying about the servers, the dishwashers, the unionized grocery store workers, then we will talk.

    • Matthew A Bennett 10:43 AM on 11/27/2013 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Inside My Pics.

    • kerry 10:55 AM on 11/27/2013 Permalink | Reply

      I totally agree with you. Another thing that no one mentions is: what about the people who choose to work that day? Maybe they really need the money and are willing to sacrifice that family time because they need to make rent or buy groceries or pay for their own Christmas shopping. I’ve noticed this push this year about not shopping in thanksgiving, even by conservatives, and it just makes me uncomfortable to agree with the whole thing, even though I have no intention of shopping that day or the next, because it makes the assumption that people working that day don’t want to be working, which is something we can’t just assume.

      • just a conservative girl 10:58 AM on 11/27/2013 Permalink | Reply

        Also we are making a huge assumption that people want to spend time with their families. Many people don’t get along with them and going to work is a great way to get out of it. Another thing about many retail workers is that many of them are new immigrants to our country and dont’ necessarily feel a kinship towards Thanksgiving. Yes, some of those working would much rather be home with their families, but some will not.

    • joyannaadams 12:34 AM on 11/28/2013 Permalink | Reply

      Every New Years Eve, for 20 years, I was singing Auld Lang at midnight and watching everyone else get kissed. I must admit, it was always a lonely moment. But…I had a job.

      The people who have to work, know how bad the economy is now, and has been for years. And I think most people will have the get together on Friday, or even Wednesday night just for that special relative that HAS to work. I saw lots of family gatherings tonight in my neighborhood.

      Tomorrow, I plan to go buy a camera before I go to Thanksgiving dinner with my family. It’s not something that I want to do, but the camera I want will be on sale almost half price. In this economy, who can resist? So many things are a luxury now. That mother loved her child. I remember going without dental work to buy my son hockey equipment.

      And I will say, “Happy Thanksgiving” to the salesperson…and I think that most people just try to deal with it. If the camera is sold out…such is life, right?

      The spirit of Thanksgiving is still there…all I had to do was read your wonderful post to know it…so…

      Happy Thanksgiving MS Conservative Girl! I hope someday you will get to go to that game:)

    • Robin H 3:07 PM on 11/29/2013 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve been pointing out the gas stations, grocery stores and Dunkin Donuts every time someone mentions this on facebook. Someone else mentioned the emergency workers, police, fire, EMT’s. Who comes to your house if grandma starts chocking on a turkey bone? Do we want them to not work? There have been many years we’ve had our Thanksgiving dinner on Friday or Saturday if someone can’t attend. And why do we only get together on holidays? Let’s bring back the Sunday family dinners, then the holiday meals are less important.

  • Jill 8:47 AM on 11/25/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: thanksgiving   

    When “crummy things happen”: A Thanksgiving story 

    What exactly does Cheryl Douglass have that has enabled her to bounce back after such a blow? Two years ago, at age 62, she contracted a sudden, severe bacterial infection which almost killed her:

    Cheryl lived. But her body, in a last-ditch effort to save her vital organs, had abandoned her extremities. Her hands and feet turned purple. They would have to come off.

    When she woke from a drug-induced haze two months later, she had no limbs.

    “I just thought, okay, this is not what I had in mind,” Cheryl recalls. “I guess this is going to be my next profession.”

    And now she’s cooking Thanksgiving dinner. And working on a cookbook for chefs with prosthetic hands. And walking and re-learning tennis and thinking about taking up running. Says Cheryl, “Crummy things happen and hardships occur and you can’t make them go away, so you just have to make the best of it.” Maybe the key is her ability to look reality in the face and accept it.

    Read the rest and watch the video. I think you’ll be impressed, and perhaps a little chastened, as I was. I guess I’ll have to stop complaining about my feet hurting after a long day in the kitchen. Instead I should be grateful that I have feet, and hands. There’s so much to be thankful for. Have a happy Thanksgiving.

    Cross-posted in the Green Room.

    • pjMom 9:32 AM on 11/25/2010 Permalink | Reply

      This is beautiful. What a gift life is…
      (And needed the smack in the face attitude adjustment this morning, too, after whining about the lack of sleep.)

    • Sherry 2:32 PM on 11/25/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Wow. What a beautiful person to be able to embrace life so fully in a way most of us with all working limbs forget.

    • backyardconservative 3:50 PM on 11/25/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks. Every day is a blessing.

  • Obi's Sister 11:02 AM on 11/24/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: america 101, thanksgiving   

    Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours 

    Of the many things I’m thankful for this year, the company of friends at Potluck is high on the list.

    At my place, I’ve written a good bit about gratitude over the years. Here’s an excerpt from one of my favorite Thanksgiving posts:

    As expected, the sermons this weekend were on gratitude, sprinkled with funny anecdotes about kids saying blessings, burnt birds and bittersweet memories. Some call these days the Holidays from Hell, and yes, sometimes they can be. Think of girlfriends meeting the-parents-of-the-object-of-desire for the first time, or a young bride making her first Thanksgiving feast for the extended family, or those who are suddenly alone and sometimes lost due to sickness and/or death. No pressure here, buck up sweetie, and be cheerful and thankful, or else! And let’s not forget the 400 football games on all day – which to watch, when? We really need one of those big split screen TVs! In like what Christmas has become; Thanksgiving puts us on the never-ending hamster wheel of obnoxious, over-achieving, forced festivity.

    […] A story from last night’s sermon illustrates perfectly the entitlement mindset that Democrats and liberals have hoodwinked many into believing, and thus hang their election hopes on.

    A neighbor (say her name is Mary) sees her other neighbor (say her name is Nancy) and decides to make her a pie. She bakes a lovely pie the next day and takes it next door. Nancy is overwhelmed that her neighbor would be so thoughtful and thanks her profusely.
    The next week, Mary makes her another pie. When she takes it over, Nancy thanks her again, but with less enthusiasm.
    The next week, Mary makes her another pie. When she takes it over, Nancy just says “Thanks.”
    The next week, Mary makes her another pie. When she takes it over, Nancy says, “Thanks, and you’re a day late this time.”
    The next week, Mary makes her another pie. When she takes it over, Nancy says “Thanks, but next time, can you make a cherry pie instead of apple? I’m getting tired of apple.”
    The next week, Mary makes her another pie. When she takes it over, Nancy says “You know, if you put a little less sugar in the crust and didn’t handle it so long, the crust wouldn’t be tough.”
    The next week, Mary has lots to do and forgets to make her pie. When she walked by Nancy’s house, she stuck her head out the door and yelled, “Hey! Where’s my pie?”

    How quickly gratitude turns into a jaded sense of entitlement.

    Ok, what’s the point of this rant? Thanksgiving is one of our only truly American traditions. Sure, some people call it “the hateful, racist, you-stole-our-country holiday”, because after all the First Amendment protects everyone’s axe and their right to grind it. And sure, the holiday has been bent and twisted to suit marketeers and cooking shows. I can really do without the mini-bundt cakes with festive fall nosegays at each place setting that tie into the theme of….

    Why don’t we go back to the original idea? Simple people, pioneers really, expressing their pure and heartfelt gratitude for not starving to death over the harsh winter, not being killed by hostiles (regardless of their native inhabitant status – remember other European countries coveted this land and were willing to kill in God’s name to take it) or mysterious disease, and sharing what food they had with those that would share it with them. A humble heartfelt thanksgiving. Not a holiday, but a state of mind.

    Shouldn’t that be our prayer every day?

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