Killing the "Turkey" that laid the Golden Egg

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Richard Weisser Realty

Killing the Turkey that laid the Golden Egg by Richard WeisserIt seems that more and more stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day this year. Many are hoping to take advantage of the Black Friday madness by extending sales over a two day period.

And while I feel that businesses have the right to open or close whenever they wish, I feel that this strategy is a bit short-sighted.

Because as the spirit of holiday is eroded away, so too goes the motive for celebration.

And as more people eschew the uniqueness of tradition in favor of the everyday commonplace transaction of business, so goes the seasonal demand for products and services.

To put it simply, if there is nothing special about the day, the underlying premise for buying things that we would not normally purchase evaporates.

I for one will not only forgo any shopping on Thanksgiving Day, but I will also make an effort to NEVER purchase anything from any company that chooses to place profit ahead of principle.


That is my right! And I intend to invoke it!

Comments (10)

William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

If you find that company let me know who it is.

Unfortunately, even the small Mom and Pop stores get dragged into the frenzy and have to try and keep up out of self defense.

Nov 27, 2013 10:31 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Richard living in our area stores are open it seems all year round due to our winter visitors so I'm not surprized by this lastest fad.  I personally don't partake as I'm much happier spending time with family and friends - not looking for some 'deal' in a mad crowd ( NO THANKS). And I know some folks like that kind of 'family' activity as odd as they may sound to you.  I remember year ago when stores started opening on New Years Day and people were agast....but they got over it.

Nov 27, 2013 10:37 AM
John & Shannon Cox

That's the only thing we can do--not patronize the stores that are making their employees work on Thanksgiving. We intend on being in a food coma on Thanksgiving evening--not shopping.

Nov 27, 2013 10:46 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

I agree with you completely.  I think would love to put x-mas on hold until thanksgiving is over.  I fear the entire message of Thanksgiving is being lost.. it is a food fest followed by shopping.. So Sad~!

Nov 27, 2013 11:16 AM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Richard, I agree. This is so troubling. Can't there be one day to be thankful for what we already have?

Nov 27, 2013 11:17 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

The more that I hear of these black friday month sales the more that I decide not to buy anything until sometime in January.

Nov 27, 2013 12:14 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

We have to make of it what we want from it. The best part is we can choose to ignore the sales and the commercialism if we choose. I choose to ignore. Have a Happy and Thankful Thanksgiving.

Nov 27, 2013 10:40 PM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Richard, I may have to run to the grocery store this morning before they close at noon....apparently we may need some stuffing!  Other than that, I have no desire for Thanksgiving shopping, (nor Black Friday for that matter).  I just want a quiet day, watch some football, maybe do some work on the laptop, and that will be enough for me.  Bill

Nov 27, 2013 10:52 PM
Nancy Conner
Olympia, WA
Olympia/Thurston County WA
My only Black Friday shopping will be at a local holiday bazaar. And Thanksgiving is for family & friends - and gratitude for all we ALREADY have. Hope your day is a wonderful one!
Nov 28, 2013 02:13 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

This just replaces the holiday celebration from being a family gathering to a "we can't be happy unless we have 50% off the Old Navy scraf" day.

Nov 28, 2013 07:08 AM