Friday, November 12, 2010

Happy Thanksforspending!

Interactive exhibit on money at the Delaware Children's Museum.
You can start calling me Ebenezer anytime now.  Really, I won't mind. 

Despite coming from a long line of shopaholics, I proudly embrace my inner Scrooge and dislike of all things holiday spending related. 

There's no other reason to explain my absolute revulsion this morning upon reading in my morning paper that Sears stores will be open for the first time on Thanksgiving.

You can sound the death knell anytime now, people, because this officially marks the end of Thanksgiving as The Holiday Untouched by Commercialism.

Some may say that this has already happened, when stores started opening at 3 a.m. on Black Friday.

(Emphasis on the children is mine.)

(I'd love to see a news outlet do a follow up story on the family that used their retirement funds to buy gifts and to see how much use those kids are getting out of said gifts a year later.  Similarly, I'd like to see the same about the folks who needed whatever item was worth Jdimytai Damour being killed.) 

This just makes me sad on so many levels.  What about the workers at Sears (and every other store that will follow suit and open on Thanksgiving) who are now going to be denied Thanksgiving with their families because they need to stand at a cash register, taking money for gifts people don't want and don't need?

What about the customers who will choose running out to the store on Thanksgiving instead of spending that time with their family?

(And I'm not discounting the need to do so, believe me.  There have been plenty of holiday dinners where I have felt compelled to bolt for the door as soon as humanely possible and would have welcomed the chance to stroll around Sears or any other establishment that was open.)

That was back in the day when I didn't appreciate that some Thanksgivings would be the last we would see of certain people. 

Still.  We haven't learned.  And we never will. 

The fact that cash is king and always was and will be, now and forevermore, amen, is the sad reality show of our recessionary times. 

I said it before and I'll say it again:  it's not whomever dies with the most toys wins. 

It's that the toys themselves will be the death of us. 

copyright 2010, Melissa (Betty and Boo's Mommy, The Betty and Boo Chronicles) If you are reading this on a blog or website other than The Betty and Boo Chronicles or via a feedreader, this content has been stolen and used without permission.


Melody said...

:( Sad! I have such a hard time with the amount of commercialism this time of year. I want my holidays back!

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I worked in retail for 11 years and I will not miss working my fingers to the bone and never seeing my family. No siree. Not at all. The retail establishment I work for now part time is condering opening on Thanksgiving, atleast some of their locations. :(

Rachie said...

Wow - sensational piece Melis. I'm passing it along to everyone I know. Thanks for posting this, it's a message that SO many people need to here. Well done as always!

lilly said...

I've worked in retail for a few years also and I just feel so bad for the employees of Sears. This truly is sucky because the upper management people who came up with this brilliant idea will indeed be spending their Thanksgiving at home with families. I bet anything that if the Sears CEO or marketing VP or any person from Sears corporate level had to actually give up their Thanksgiving holiday and stand behind the cashier all day, Sears store would remain closed and they wouldn't probably even open in the middle of the night either.