Welcome to the ninth glorious day of November.
It may seem silly now, but in a matter of weeks, many of us will find ourselves seconds away from going to the mat over the store’s last box of crispy-onion-topping-things thinking (perhaps screaming), “Why on Earth didn’t I plan for Thanksgiving sooner?”
Don’t fret. When both your breathing and your blood pressure return to normal, continue reading. I have the important questions you should ask yourself now before anyone gets hurt or charged with a misdemeanor.
First and foremost, are you going to roast it, fry it, or smoke it? If roasting was your answer, there’s an important, stuffing-related corollary: Traditional or something fused and/or nouveaux? If frying is your game plan, I have a follow-up that may or may not be gleaned from personal experience: Is your home insurance paid in full?
And then there’s the rest of what’s on the table to think through. Should you open that can of cranberry stuff even though Uncle or Aunt So-And-So is consistently the only one who reaches for it? How many pies are too many pies? Would it be smart to program five minutes of calisthenics between courses as a preventative measure against food coma?
Jokes aside, Thanksgiving is about much more than irrational and unimpeded face stuffing; it’s the official launch of the holiday shopping season. While the thought of standing in line at dawn on Black Friday for a half-priced thingamajig seems to have an inexplicable draw on folks who’ve been cooped up with family, there is another option.
It’s called Small Business Saturday, and – as the name brilliantly suggests – it’s your chance to get your shop on while simultaneously supporting the local merchants who are the heartbeat of your Main Street.
Launched by American Express OPEN, this movement is intended to show local businesses – the ones that boost our economies and preserve our neighborhoods – some love going into the busy holiday shopping season. The National Trust for Historic Preservation is proud to be a partner in the effort, but we need you – and your holiday shopping list – to make Small Business Saturday a success.
So, between choosing your pies and your place settings, take a moment to check out www.smallbusinesssaturday.com for ways you can help spread the word about this great initiative. Then, come Saturday, November 27, pack that turkey sandwich to go and take a stroll down Main Street for a day of shopping you can feel good about.
Oh, and perhaps some much-need cardiovascular activity.
Jason Clement is an online content provider at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He'll be spending his Small Business Saturday shopping at the Barracks Row Main Street.