With Thanksgiving coming up around the corner, and tons of shops and stores already decked out in holiday trimmings, it is hard to actually take that time to look at what you are thankful for and for the things in your life that are special to you. So instead of falling into the commercialization of shopping instead of having a family dinner, I'm choosing to not shop and to boycott shopping on Thanksgiving. If you get the opportunity to spend time with your family for a Thanksgiving meal, shouldn't the workers ringing up the stuff you really don't need get that opportunity too? A few weeks back I found that there is an image going around saying that you pledge not to shop on Thanksgiving, and if you want to share it on your wall, you can by either copying this image URL to Facebook or by sharing this post.
Just as the button says, everyone deserves a holiday and I would bet those people that have to work on Thanksgiving wouldn't mind not having to deal with masses of people that will trample, harm, curse at, and harass people for that $4 toaster or that $20 game.
Please be thankful that you have what you do and instead of spending an hour standing in the long lines at the check-out counter, spend an hour compiling the things you are thankful for in your life.
For example, I am thankful for...
- a family that I can count on to do anything for me
- a wonderful fiance who I can't wait to marry
- having a job I enjoy
- another healthy year
- having friends that are just a text away from a conversation
- being close with all my family -- I feel that this can easily be overlooked
Even though this is a small list, each item represents such a big portion of my life and really accounts for so much. Does this list need a new toaster or more stuff? Some would argue yes, but I think it's just fine the way it is. I would encourage everyone to take a moment out of their hectic schedules and really think about who and what you're thankful for and take a look and see if more "stuff" regardless of the cost will affect your list of things you're thankful for.