A lot of people are pissed off some stores are now opening on Thanksgiving to get a jump on the big sales. As a former retail employee, I’m not thrilled about it, either, and I’m just glad I don’t have to do it anymore.
It occurs to me, though, we never bitch about football on Thanksgiving.
You might say, “But some of those guys make millions. They can deal with it!”
Right, but all the people supporting the game and its broadcast most certainly do not make millions. The ticket takers, the security staff, the camera operators, the hot dog and beer vendors, the parking staff, the janitorial crew, the ground crew, and so on, all have to be there for that game to happen.
And why do we now have three games on Thanksgiving Day? Because the networks make a fortune, and a third wanted to get in on the action. Because they know most of us (yes, including me) will gather around the tube to watch.
And then we’ll have to watch all the commercials—in time slots purchased at higher holiday pricing—telling us what we’ll want to buy when the store opens in a few hours.
If you’re going to hate on consumerism, I get it, but don’t turn a blind eye to the fact it’s been going on for a lot longer than you think.
And rampant consumerism doesn’t mean you can’t still find your own meaning in the holidays. Spend time with your family, enjoy your day (with or without football), and consider the things you are thankful for.