I try to avoid political controversy here, but for my annual Thanksgiving post I had planned to write a piece stating that I would not be shopping today or tomorrow and encouraging you to also spend the time with family and friends instead. Many retailers will be opening this evening for the first time ever on Thanksgiving Day and I hate the thought that on one of the only holidays of the year that virtually all Americans celebrate, some would have to leave family and friends to work. Greed, I thought! Then I realized what a hypocrite I am.
Last night I was over late at a friend’s house and my brother picked me up around 3:30a. I was hungry, he had just driven to LA from San Francisco and was also hungry. Even the taco trucks seemed to have gone home, but Carl’s Jr. was open and we drove through and picked up some small hamburgers–about the only thing I can tolerate there. It was Thanksgiving Day, 3:30a, and I was breaking my vow just three hours into the day. We got to my parent’s house and devoured the burgers. They hit the spot.
I slept in this morning and woke up to find my brother at Starbucks and my father at the grocery store. I pulled out my laptop and immediately began working–a client is traveling to France tomorrow and we had to wait for last-minute award space to appear. Now I am trying to get a few tickets booked before the rest of the family arrives for Thanksgiving dinner.
So I still see it as kind of sad that businesses are open today, but I also have to consider why–people like me and my family. And for those who may not have family and friends close by, today presents a golden opportunity to make a little extra money. That’s not greed, that’s smart thinking. And how nice it was to get fresh bread this morning.
There is something appealing about “everything” being closed in Germany on Sundays (let alone holidays) so that workers have a uniform day of rest, but even there I use the gym and go out to eat on Sundays–not everything is closed and being able to shop on Sunday afternoon is certainly convenient for those who work long hours during the week and have other matters to contend with on Saturday.
And I think about airlines–all the FAs and pilots that are in the air today instead of with their family and friends–but then I think about how airlines make it possible for you and me to spend Thanksgiving with our family and friends. Oh what a hypocrite I am!
So I will just shut-up and stick to travel here. Happy Thanksgiving.