No Turkey For You

Today is the first day of Hannukah. This year the holiday coincides with Thanksgiving creating Thanksgivukkah, a bizarre calendar occurance combining turkey and latkes. We will be having fun all week, including a viewing of Soleil’s much anticipated movie of the season, Frozen. This year I feel more fortunate than others because I don’t have to work tomorrow.

That’s right. Many retailers are opening tomorrow to give stuffed families the opportunity to walk off their tryptophan induced comas in the store aisles.

Sounds kind of crazy, doesn’t it?

It seems sacriligous. Thanksgiving is one of those special holidays that everybody is supposed to take off, and enjoy time with their families and enjoy a sense of gratitude. Many are so grateful that they take the day to serve those less fortunate, the ones without homes and loved ones.

So what if 2013 has a short holiday shopping season? Are we really going to collectively make people work for a few extra toys, sweaters and socks?

Some retailers are receiving negative backlash for opening on Thanksgiving. One petition directed at Target has almost 100,000 signatures.

But most turkey-blind retailers will be rewarded. “An estimated 33 million people, or 23 percent of those surveyed by the retail federation, say Thanksgiving will find them in stores at some point,” according to this USA Today article. And that’s unfortunate.

Like everything in a consumer society, when a minority group of people with money act businesses respond. The majority sit it out peacefully at home watching football, playing with their family, or sleeping it off. Culture and tradition be damned.

How many days are left where we don’t actively encourage work or shopping in the United States? Christmas? July 4th? New Years? Is that it?

It’s a shame. Double pay or not, I feel genuine empathy for those that won’t eat a turkey meal because they had to man aisle 9 on Thanksgiving Day, 2013.

What do you think of selling stocking stuffers instead of eating turkey stuffing on Thanksgiving?

Image by Pete D.


  • Enjoy Thanksgivukkah my friend. And of course, as soon as I read the title, the “no soup for you” scene came immediately to mind, haha! Wishing you and your family many blessings. Cheers! Kaarina

    • Thanks, my friend. Have a fantastic weekend, and I hope Thanksgiving was good for you in Canada a couple weeks back.

  • Thanks Geoff, great article. The one question I’ll pose is: Who’s at fault for stores being open during Thanksgiving? The company or the customers who shop there? I think this is one of those cases where the market can sort it out.

    (lastly, there are many folks working on Thanksgiving from entertainers, media, emergency services, and well, my awesome mom who cooks up a storm)

    • Without a doubt it has to be the customer. If no one bought, stores would be closed. Retailers will withstand a little negative heat on the interwebs to make a buck. Have a great Thanksgiving, and thanks to all who work so that some families can enjoy a turkey (or alternative dish) at home.

      • Neither the company nor customers are at fault. I blame SnapChat & the ACA. Luckily the sharing economy has allowed me to rent someone who will do all my shopping for me. But the only time slots they had available were Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Eve.

        Wouldn’t be caught dead in a store between November-January.

  • Even though you and I don’t agree on this particular issue, it’s still a thought provoking post and I respect your feelings on it. Wishing you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving, a happy Hanukkah, and please share your review of Frozen once you see it (we’re in line to see it too).

    • Hey man, you know I took a stance on this one to intentionally provoke debate. I did want people to think about consequence before they shop. It’s a free country, and so it will be what it will be.

      Thank you, for your friendship. I do hope your family has a blast today with tons of turkey. We’ll let you know about Frozen tomorrow. It should be fun!

  • Thanksgiving is our favorite family holiday, so we do NOT go out on that day. Shame that we feed our consumer-greed beast on the day we are supposed to be grateful for what we already have.

    However, I guess it is supply and demand. If some people do not put as much stock in Thanksgiving, and they are bargain hunters, and stores provide additional incentives for employees who choose to work on that day…so be it. I’m not going to get judgmental because that would screw up my family/food/football bliss.

    Hope you had a good one, Geoff. It was our first Thanksgiving with a son-in-law and grandson, so that was fun. And all of my sports teams won (Broncos, Nuggets, Cowboys, Longhorns)!

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