My husband and I used to be liberal progressives back in our 20s when we were fresh from college indoctrination. At that time, we subscribed to a journal called Ad Busters: Journal of the Mental Environment, which is an anti-consumerist zine. We are now very conservative traditionalists, but in some ways we still believe many of the same fundamental things about what life, family, and culture should look like as we did in our Ad Busters progressive days, even if we are no longer pro-abortion and pro-sexual deviancy. We were never socialists but always believed in some reasonable limitations being placed on capitalism; we still believe this but it stems from our Christian convictions now.
So what does being a traditionalist anti-consumerist look like? Well, in part it means you are disgusted by companies like Toys R Us having policies such as this one, recently posted at The Thinking Housewife: Thanksgiving: The Shopping Holiday:
What can possibly be so important at Toys R Us that they must remain open 24 hours over the Thanksgiving holiday, one of the few days a year in modern America when most families actually sit down and eat a home-cooked meal together? Whatever it is, it is to be scorned and mocked and then avoided.
I encourage you strongly not to engage in any consumerism whatsoever on Thursday. Buy nothing. In our 20s, Philip and I believed in Buy Nothing Day, which was practiced on Black Friday, but back then stores were not open on Thanksgiving. We will now stretch Buy Nothing Day over both Thursday AND Friday, but if you simply must shop, at least wait until Friday to do it. Don’t participate in the further degradation of family life by turning Thanksgiving into just another day for mindless consumption and sinful acquisitiveness.
Have a blessed, peaceful Thanksgiving with your family and friends!