So, I’m doing it. I’m doing exactly what I’ve said I would NEVER do. I’m going shopping on Thanksgiving. As someone who has worked in retail, in fact I literally have a degree in it, I feel extremely guilty about this decision. Although I’m admittedly the biggest hypocrite ever – I also feel like the world’s most awesome mom. After we finish our Thanksgiving meal, my husband and I will be heading out to Toys ‘R’ Us. Earlier this week, I happened to look at their Black Friday ad and saw many things on Jackson’s wish list at extremely discounted prices. Then there it was – in big bold print – the dreaded stipulation. Every single deal I was eyeing was available on Thanksgiving Day only. Being it’s Jackson’s third Christmas, but the first one where he really understands the whole Santa thing, I want to make it special. This is one way we can afford to spoil him the way we want to. After much debate with my conscience, I made my decision: I decided to be a good mommy and an overall horrible human-being.
So here’s my apology. To all my friends who work in retail. To everyone who has to miss Thanksgiving dinner with their loved ones because their store is open on Thanksgiving. I am truly sorry. I promise to be polite to the employees. I promise not to push and shove the other shoppers. I promise I’m not an evil person. I’m just a mama on a budget trying to make her kid happy.
Anyone else feeling as guilty as I am? Or are the rest of you sticking to your guns and boycotting shopping altogether on Thanksgiving?