I’ve never been the type of person who got what Black Friday is all about.

Not only is it disgustingly materialistic and gross to watch people trample children to buy an item on sale. But, it has been proven time and time again that the “steals” people fight over on Black Friday aren’t even that great. You can get items cheaper with coupons and rewards programs, at other points in the year, or even during the two weeks leading up to Christmas.

My “Black Friday” is usually spent with my family cleaning up from Thanksgiving Dinner the night before, eating leftover turkey sandwiches, playing board games, or watching Christmas movies.

So, you can imagine my disgust after seeing so many stores in recent years open their doors ON THANKSGIVING DAY.

Do you realize what that means? That means that other people have to leave their home on a holiday to go work because you wanted to get into a fist fight over a Tickle Me Elmo and a toaster.

Think of all the fun and merriment those workers will never have with their families because of you. They won’t get to watch the parade on TV with their little ones. They won’t get to help mom and grandma prepare the meal or set the table. They won’t get to break the wishbone with their cousins. They won’t get to lounge around eating pie while talking with their families. All the fond life-long memories, stolen from them.

This year, however, there seems to be a glimmer of hope in regards to “Black Thursday” shopping.

Many stores have announced recently that they will not be open on Thanksgiving!!

Places like: REI, American Girl, Barnes and Noble, Costco, DSW, Gamestop, H&M, Half Price Books, Home Depot, JoAnn Fabrics, Lowe’s, Nordstrom, Mattress Firm, Patagonia, Sam’s Club, Staples, and Sur La Table

It makes me SO happy that some businesses aren’t dictating their actions based upon greed and capitalism, but rather what’s best for their workers. They’re showing the world what their priorities and values truly are. And I just want to say to them, THANK YOU…and you’ve got my business!

If you have Thanksgiving Day off, don’t go out and buy things you don’t really need or things that will be forgotten about in a year. Don’t support big business and corporate avarice.

Spend time with family and friends. Sit back and be grateful for all that you have.

The holidays are about love, family, friends, togetherness, and being thankful.

That’s the real reason for the season.