Despite the number of businesses and retail stores already decked out for Christmas, we are in full Thanksgiving mode at our house, maintaining our “no Christmas until after Thanksgiving” rule and loving every minute of it. Right down to the pumpkin spoon rest on the stove, the 3-leaf compartment snack dish on the bar and the Beanie Baby turkeys (yes, we have two!) on the bookshelf.
While I admit to some mental Christmas planning, we are fully immersed in an unseasonably warm fall and again, loving every minute of it. Especially the colorful mix of summer flowers still in full bloom next to the rich autumn hues of pumpkins and gourds. Christmas is a mere, distant blimp on our radar at this point.
It saddens me to see people disregard Thanksgiving in favor of the more exciting holiday that follows it. And every year it seems the rush-through-Thanksgiving-so-we-can-get-to-Christmas mentality gains momentum. Several years ago, retail stores who routinely opened their doors to eager shoppers at 6 or 7 am on the Friday after Thanksgiving opted to open earlier. And then earlier. And then even EARLIER until the Black Friday craze encroached on Thanksgiving Day.
But the tide may be turning. Outdoor and fitness retailer REI announced not only will it not be open on Thanksgiving, it “is canceling Black Friday this year. No promotions, no hourly sales, no doorbusters, no waiting in line.” A small handful of the outdoor gear retailer’s approximately 12,000 employees will be on call, while the rest get a paid day off.
Way to go, REI.
Other retail establishments have announced firm plans to be closed on Thanksgiving, allowing their employees to enjoy the day with family and friends. Check out a list of Thanksgiving honoring businesses here. I think I’ll be studying this list and shopping from as many of these retailers as I can.
I plan to indulge in all things fall and Thanksgiving related for two more weeks leading up to what I hope to be another tradition-rich holiday spent with family.
I’d love to hear what you enjoy most about Thanksgiving. Share in the comment section below.