Beyond Black Thursday–If Not Shopping, Then What?

We’ve been kvetching about this on Facebook all morning. Yes, it’s come to this:

Black Thursday? Stores to open even earlier on Thanksgiving.

Big-box retailers such as Wal-Mart, Toys R Us and Sears are opening their doors at 8 p.m. Thursday — just as Thanksgiving dinner tables are being cleared in many homes. Target will follow suit at 9 p.m., enticing shoppers out of their homes during the final football game of the day.

Target employees have started a petition to “save Thanksgiving,” and Wal-Mart workers say they are gearing up for protests on Black Friday.

“It’s ridiculous,” said Anthony Hardwick, a former Target employee who led protest efforts last year. “We’re getting rid of Thanksgiving dinner, and for what? For a $300 flat-screen TV?”

[But] “Stores are tapping into something that is very real — there is demand for this,” said Adam ­Hanft, a brand strategist for ­Hanft Projects in New York. “The reality is, people start to get cabin fever after awhile. They’re fighting about politics. They want to get out and do something.”

Oh my heavens!

Apparently there are people who have no idea how to extricate themselves from an argument with Aunt Edna about the Kenyan usurper in the White House, or cut short Nephew Chip’s jeremiads against the drug war, other than to go shopping.

What a failure of imagination!

What an opportunity for Blue Room readers, who are so very creative!

What could a family do together on Thanksgiving weekend besides buy stuff?

Share in comments. Here are five humble suggestions to get you started:

  1. Go for a walk.
  2. Do the National Day of Listening. Do not ask about Obama or the drug war.
  3. Find a place that serves meals to the homeless. Go there. Do that.
  4. Bake cookies for a fire house or police precinct.
  5. Rake a neighbor’s leaves. Heck, rake your own leaves.

Take it away in comments, loveys!

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15 thoughts on “Beyond Black Thursday–If Not Shopping, Then What?

  1. susan says:

    *Clean out a closet. Give stuff away, have a cleaner place an laugh about the random stuff we keep.
    *Daydream.
    *Watch a movie.
    * Nap
    * Dance

  2. Becky Veitch says:

    have a board game tournament of some kind. Watch the “first” christmas movie of the year. Start addressing christmas cards. . .

  3. Bob Braxton says:

    inter-generational Crossword puzzle solve; play Bananagrams (again, many ages of players); imagination play (equipment: cardboard box, string, cardboard tube, stick, super cape, imaginary mine, ship (pirates), tell me a story about when you and I heard a strange noise); write a poem together; draw (collaborative); build a fireplace fire; pop some popcorn; make and ice cream cone “treat”; ask “What did you do today” – learn something new (look it up); play guitar and sing; play the drum; assemble a puzzle – 48 piece for the younger ones, 1500 for the age challenged.

  4. candivernon says:

    My favorite is working a jigsaw puzzle. You can talk if you have something to say, but there’s no pressure to make conversation.

  5. Mary Beth says:

    have a skipping contest.

  6. Candice says:

    We do Christmas at Thanksgiving with extended family. There is always a new game to play. The aunties also love to make music – so a few rounds of carols and ‘What should we do with a drunken sailor’ help to pass the time. : )

  7. Purple says:

    I hold to the Story People’s logic.

    Rules for a successful holiday: 1. Get together with family 2. Relive old times 3. Get out before it blows.

    However, that does mean “go shopping” either!

  8. Sarah says:

    * Play with your pets – dogs, cats, well, maybe not goldfish…
    *start a knitting or similar project
    *go thru last year’s Christmas cards – keep any sentimental ones, give the rest away to an organization that would use them for crafts, etc.
    * watch the parade, people! no mention of them, yet.
    * listen to the “first” Christmas music at home
    * Watch a favorite movie together
    * Take.A.Nap.

  9. Mary Thorpe says:

    Older folks, teach the younger ones a skill they would not otherwise have the opportunity to learn (knitting, whittling, making bread, changing oil in the car). Play Trivial Pursuit with intergenerational teams and see how well everyone does! Start some paperwhite narcissus or amaryllis. Make gifts like origami Christmas Tree ornaments to give away. Play a “wish” game like constructing a life list (like a bucket list, but not quite as morbid) or a “what would you do if?” game. Make photo books for each family member.

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