Let me paint a picture… It’s 5PM on Thanksgiving, the turkey comes out of the oven, the family gathers around the table and your teenage daughter puts on her coat, kisses your cheek and tells you to save her a plate. She’s off to go work at the department store, checking out shopper after shopper who is waiting in a long line just to get the early bird special and plow over the next customer to get it.
Here is another picture… It’s 5PM on Thanksgiving, the turkey comes out of the oven, the family gathers around the table, gives thanks, talks, laughs, plays games, eats apple pie, while the kids run around and play with their cousins.
I don’t know about you, but the I prefer the second scenario. What ever happened to Bing Crosby’s, “O There’s No Place Like Home For The Holidays”? They should change the words to “O there’s no place like a line on Thanksgiving”. Until this century, Thanksgiving was reserved for the family. Families gathered around the table to give thanks for the many blessings that had been bestowed upon them throughout the year. People caught up on old times, shared stories and had real face-to-face conversations (no texting). However, times have changed. People started shopping online, social media and cell phones crippled face-to-face interactions and, since customers could hit the sales before Black Friday, stores were forced to open their doors on, what used to be considered, a family holiday.
I have not experienced this YET, but for many families, someone has to leave Thanksgiving early to go off to work. Let’s keep Thanksgiving for the family. Do yourself and your family a favor. Stay home on Thanksgiving. Save the shopping for Black Friday. Show your family that their time with you is worth more than getting the best deal! Let’s force the hand of the stores to stay closed on Thanksgiving. After all, they cannot stay open if we do not shop!
Here are a few tips for making your Thanksgiving a memorable family tradition!
- Be thankful. Before the meal, give thanks to God for all of your blessings. Share what each person is thankful for.
- Make a toast
- Turn off your cellphone
- Break out the board games – Need a little ice breaker with family members you haven’t seen in a while? A board game is an excellent choice.
- Sing some Christmas carols
- Sit down, chat and enjoy the company of family or friends!