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Boycott Thanksgiving Greed

Uncle George

 

I have been a member of the workforce since 1982.  I have worked in retail, restaurants, hotels, gas stations and even a recycling plant.  I’ve even a ran small retail business.

I never had a problem working the holidays when I worked in restaurants and hotels.  Not only was I happy to make holiday pay (not that it’s that big of a difference when you’re a restaurant server) but it’s nice to be able to spend the holiday with people who don’t have anyone else to spend the holiday with.

Police, fire & medical personnel all have to work.  They get no holidays.   They and their families make sacrifices only to be rivaled by military and their families.  But retail, that’s another story.  The fact that we can’t have one 24 hour period of thanks before the onslaught of greed and corporate profits is insane in my opinion.  It also looks like I’m not alone in that opinion.

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I understand that “Black Friday” stimulates the economy.  We’re not talking about Friday though, we’re talking about Thursday which is Thanksgiving;  a national holiday of thanks, reflection, (over-eating) and family.   I understand that we’ve all had to tighten our belts, believe me; I’m looking at the most frugal holiday I’ve had in almost 25 years.

There are plenty of online sales if you truly want to shop on Thursday (which will fill the order on Friday) without having to line up with hundreds of other shoppers at retail locations only for them to have 5 items at the advertised price.  In addition, everyone will have their doors open bright and early on Friday.

Not to mention the behavior of shoppers rivaling those of the annual bridal dress sale at  Filene’s Closet.  If you’re unfamiliar, look it up.  Women will work in teams and brawl like hockey players over these dresses!

Now to be fair, my Mom was one of the ones who would pour over the ads, plan her route by what she wanted to buy vs the door gifts for early bird shoppers.  I remember waiting outside of a retail store at 5am with coffee in hand waiting for doors to open.  For the record, the only reason I agreed to go was because at the time I worked third shift and it was still within the scope of my “normal hours”.

I’m not opposed to sales, making a profit or getting a great deal.  I just think that we should observe one 24 hour period of thanks before the onslaught of greed, materialism and consumerism takes place.

If you feel similar, please consider sharing this message.  In addition, someone started a page on Facebook called Keep Black Friday Out of Thanksgiving, please consider visiting their page and showing your support.

Please don’t serve your turkey for breakfast just so you can get in line to support this madness.

{{Hugs}}

Maggie

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The Little Things Can Mean So Much

A while back I wrote an entry entitled “Do You Know You’re A Mentor?”   In it I discussed how you never know how much you may mean to someone unless they tell you and how important it is to let others in your life know how much they have meant to you.

That being said, I found this today and it just made me smile and really reinforced my feelings on this even further.  Everything counts, whether we realize it or not.

I hope it brings you the same smile it brought me.

{{hugs}}

Maggie

 

Parents were away for a month. Mail carrier kept our mail until they came back. Mom gave her a gift basket and got this note. Makes you think about the battles people have each day. And how the little things can make a difference. (Story, image via imgur, Reddit)

From mail carrier

Mrs. [redacted]

Your thoughtfulness is appreciated beyond explanation in words. I recently got divorced after 25 years of marriage and after being homeless for the last three years just last week got my own apartment. You literally put the first food in my cupboards! And for that I am so grateful!! Serving people like you makes my job so rewarding. And it’s a daily pleasure! May God bless you & keep you safe at home and in your travels, always.

Thank you so much!!

Hugs & Blessings,

[redacted] (your mail carrier)

Giving Thanks Every Day

I just found a fabulous frugal craft on Snail Pace Transformations.   (Btw, I LOVE your name!)  It is a gratitude journal, a place to log a sentence or two of what you were thankful for every day.  This is number one on my Christmas list this year, very inexpensive and yet very personal.

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I admit that I am one of those people that sometimes have to work at staying positive.  Sometimes it’s very easy for me to get caught up in the tide instead of just enjoying the beauty of the beach so I look for little things to keep me on the path I choose.  I saw this craft and I jumped.  Whether its a gift for friends and family or just for yourself, its a great way to just a a minute a day to give thanks for what you have.

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It all starts with dollar store calendars, the kind that show one week at a time. Like this…

I love the thought of making this part of my bedtime ritual, just a sentence or two of what I was thankful for today. Instead of going to bed dealing with the stresses of the day, fall asleep relishing and reviewing what you had to be thankful for.  Positivity breeds positivity.  And imagine making this a bedtime ritual with your child, even if a young one is not yet ready to write, it makes for a great dialog as you tuck them in and how it can shape them for the future.

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Then you can cover the outside with contact paper, your favorite pattern of duct tape or personal art.

Not only does it help in the training of a positive mind, but can you imagine being able to look back and read these a year, 5 years or 10 years down the line?  To bring back all those wonderful memories and feelings of days gone by.   Imagine your kids stumbling upon one of these once you’re gone and getting to remember all the best of you, with you.

Giving thanks isn’t just for one Thursday in November.  Spread the word.

{{hugs}}

Maggie

Online Sewing Class

Update:  I just found this great video that I just had to share.  It ties in with this project so beautifully and really gets your wheels of creativity going.

Let me know what ideas you have!