Seeing the disappointing trend of stores and malls opening on Thanksgiving Day has deeply concerned myself and others. Turning this national holiday, a day meant to focus on appreciation for what we already have, into a day for more consumerism is wrong on so many levels. Adding to this affront the fact that many employees are now being forced to leave their own holiday gatherings to serve this callous consumerism makes taking a stand all the more important. As we waited for someone else, some organization or leader, to stand up and say so, we realized that we needed to make our own stand. Hence the TakeBackThanksgiving campaign began.
Along the way, we have heard many heart-breaking stories of what this new trend is doing to families. We have also connected with other like-minded citizens who are not willing to lose this holiday without a fight. Galvanizing all those who care enough to take a stand is the only way we will have a say in what happens to Thanksgiving going forward. Fortunately there are so many people who do care.
- Annie -
Our story …
I spent Thanksgiving growing up w my Dad’s side of the family. My grandma would quote the prayer Dear Abby would post 4 that day. My brother once ate a turkey leg for the meal. That’s it. Just the leg. He was 12. My Mom’s side of the family goes to the Plaza for their Christmas lighting ceremony. If it’s not too cold, I’ll take my son for the 1st time.
- @princessdevy03 -
The Tradition: Parade, Football, Food, Nap …
My favorite part of Thanksgiving Day is an on-going tradition that consists of watching the parade (through spotting Santa Claus) and going right into football. My mom, and we’re working with my wife on this one, has perfected when to start the first course with halftime of the first/early NFL game. At some point between the two NFL games, you will find me dozing off and napping on a couch or sofa, followed by a groggy few minutes and then continuing with the eating and watching TV throughout the day.
All in all, just a relaxing, fun day with family and good food! Of course, the leftovers don’t hurt at all …
Updated: We will always remember Thanksgiving 2013, not only for the beginning of SaveThanksgiving.net, but something a little more personal and finally being able to tell our families that there is a new addition coming …
- John -
Thanksgiving as a kid
I remember Thankgiving as a kid, we would split the day between grandparents on both my mother’s and father’s side of the family. We would start the day “in the country” in West Milford, NJ and finish up in Hoboken. The best part was seeing all of my cousins in one day (I have a LOT of cousins).
- Jon B -