Brave Friday: “Share leftovers, play games, enjoy traditions”

We read this pretty amazing call to action from one of our favorite organizations, Story of Stuff. It put me in my place on this whole Black Friday deal. So my family and I are opting-out of Black Friday and embracing Brave Friday with a holiday movie marathon in our pj’s, board games, living room dance parties, and stuffing our bellies with leftover cornbread stuffing.

If you haven’t read our posts inspired by Story of Stuff here, here and here, check it out. And definitely check out the thousands of courageous Walmart workers across the country standing up and speaking out for better working conditions here…

Brave Friday Starts Here…

This coming Friday, courageous workers at hundreds of Walmart stores around the United States will go on strike.

You likely know the story: Walmart employees earn low wages, receive hardly any benefits, and have little to no voice in their stores. When they’ve attempted to organize a union in the past to advocate for a fairer workplace, they’ve faced intimidation and layoffs.

This year, Walmart is even making some employees leave their Thanksgiving family gatherings to report to work so it can get the Black Friday shopping mayhem started early!

Nice one, Walmart.

Last week, we released a video that encouraged Americans to Choose Family over Frenzy on Black Friday. Rather than head to the mall, we suggested you share leftovers, play games, or enjoy a family tradition.

Today, we’re also asking you to join us in supporting these brave Walmart workers.

You can Sponsor a Striker and her family by buying a gift card for food to offset the wages she’ll likely lose from striking.

You can also check to see if there’s a Walmart protest near you. We know the workers and their supporters would be happy to have you!

There’s no reason Walmart can’t treat its workers better. It makes gobs of money every year and its founders — the Waltons — are one of the richest families in the world. As a matter of fact, in 2010 the Waltons controlled more wealth than the bottom 40% of all Americans!

So, what do you say we show the Walton family a lesson in giving thanks by offering their workers some solidarity this week.

Thanks for your support!


Annie, Michael, Allison, Renee, Naomi, Bill and Nicole
The Story of Stuff Project Team

P.S. If you haven’t watched or shared our Black Friday video, please take a minute to do that this week. And be sure to sign the pledge to stay home and share a picture of your mall-free Black Friday.


Choose Family Over Frenzy

If you are looking for ways to make Brave Friday a part of your own family tradition, here are some ideas on how to unplug, connect, and spend time with your family.

Turn cel phones off: Have a welcome basket, where people drop their cel phones off and can pick them up when they leave the house. I find smart phones to be my biggest distractor. I’ve caught both my husband and I watching a movie “together” while both scrolling through our phones– lame.

Play games: During long holiday weekends, you have more time (which means more patience) to teach your children how to play some of your favorite games. I am a board game junkie. Some of my favorites: Catch Phrase, Dutch Blitz, Monopoly (Brave Friday is the perfect time to put in time for the long version), and if you want to get super loud– Pit.

Go outdoors: Start your Brave Friday morning off with an outdoor walk, hike or grab a soccer ball and run in your local park. Now you’ve earned your cheat meals too!

Build a fort: Now although staying unplugged is awesome, a movie marathon with a homemade fort after your bellies are full is a great way to start off your holiday season. Elf is on my list to watch today. And if you have Pandora, just add the Family Christmas Radio Station. For some awesome fort building tips, check out The Happy Family Movement’s Indoor Adventure Guide.


Speak your mind

How will you spend your Friday? At home with your family or out in the mayhem of retail deals? If you’ve got a photo of you and your family spending time together on this Friday, post it on our Facebook page. We’d love to see you spreading true holiday cheer!

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2 Responses to Brave Friday: “Share leftovers, play games, enjoy traditions”

  1. Rita@thissortaoldlife November 23, 2012 at 8:28 am #

    Staying home with the kids today. Making the desserts we didn’t get to yesterday, building a fire, playing a game, watching a movie. It’s been years since we’ve gone out on this day. It’s too crazy out there!

    • Family Sponge November 23, 2012 at 11:50 am #

      Rita, I am so happy to hear that. A fire sounds so nice!

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