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    Black Thursday and the GRAND Social

    I enjoy a good deal as much as the next grandma, but I strongly disagree with this:

    Why do I think it's wrong? For starters, it further diminishes Thanksgiving in the mad dash from Halloween to Christmas. Plus, it means retail workers must be on the job instead of at home with their families on the holiday. And it places consumerism and the almighty dollar above tradition and family and things that should matter most.

    I'm pretty sure I'm not the only grandma who feels that way, but I'll climb on down from my mini soapbox now. Thank you for listening.

    And thank you for sticking around and participating in this week's GRAND Social.

    Here we go...

    How it works:

    • All grandparent bloggers are invited to add a link. You don't have to blog specifically about grandparenting, but you must be a grandparent who blogs.
    • Posts shared can be an old one or a recent one, your choice. I like to link up to older posts that current readers likely haven't seen.
    • To link up, copy the direct link to the specific post you want to share, not the link to your blog's home page. Then click the blue "Click here to enter" text below and follow the directions to add your post to the list.
    • You can add up to three posts, but no duplicates, please, and none you have promoted on a previous GRAND Social linky.
    • No contests, giveaways, or Etsy sites.
    • Adding a mention at the bottom of your linked posts, such as This post has been linked to the GRAND Social linky, is appreciated. Or, you can post the GRAND Social button using the following code:


    <a href="" target="_blank"><img src=" " alt="Grandma’" width="125" height="125" /></a>


    • The GRAND Social linky is open for new posts through Wednesday evening, so please come back to see those added after your first visit.
    • If you're not a blogger, you have the pleasure of being a reader. All bloggers who link up would be honored to have you click, visit, read and comment.

    READERS and PARTICIPATING BLOGGERS: Please visit the posts others have linked to by clicking on the thumbnail photos. Comments are always appreciated by the bloggers whose links you visit, even if it's simply "Hey, stopping by from GRAND Social."

    Thank you for participating in the GRAND Social grandparent linky!


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    Reader Comments (10)

    I agree.....

    November 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdebra

    I so agree with you. I actually have a post written about this very subject to come out this week. It makes me sad to see how we're commercializing the only holiday we had left!!

    Horrifying! The footage makes us look like a bunch of barbarians looting Rome! What an inappropriate way to begin the holiday season that is supposed to be all about thankfulness and family.

    November 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Adcox


    Although our site will be up and running on Thanksgiving, there will be no customer service support or warehouse workers available.

    If we lose business because of this, so be's my personal 'Grandma' stand against the growing madness. (and ditto Christmas Eve!)

    November 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNonnieKelly

    I want to climb on that soap box, too! And I will NOT be shopping on Thanksgiving -- I don't like it even one little bit. Thanksgiving should be spent with family and the shopping will wait!

    Happy Turkey Day to Everyone!

    November 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

    No Black Thursday! I actually know a family who has decided to not participate in Christmas at ALL because of all this and will not be buying anything this season. I don't think that's the answer but really, what's it all about?

    November 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterConnie

    Even for us old people who don't have any money to spend, I agree with Susan Adcox about how barbaric people look out hunting "deals" when they should be digesting their meal. Seems the day of giving thanks is taking a back-seat to "gimme MORE".

    I'll be resting from very privileged day, shared with two ultra nice neighbors and thinking about all the smaller family celebrations of my grown children with their loved ones.

    November 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    It totally turns me off. I will not shop on Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday. There is nothing that I need bad enough to participate in this madness. Instead, I will spend time with family including a sleepover with the grandkids, decorating our tree and putting our outside decorations up. Thanks for Family is what I'll be focusing on and appreciating how good life is and what is really important, and it certainly isn't participating in this shopping frenzy that society has created for us.

    November 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

    Could not agree more...we have plenty of opportunities to shop without cutting into family time.

    November 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGrown and Flown

    I had to come back and share more -- I discussed this issue with Amara yesterday while I was babysitting. She was OUTRAGED! She thought it was really wrong that some people would have to give up Thanksgiving with their families to stock store shelves! I love that child!

    November 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc
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