Target, Best Buy, and Kohls opens Friday morning at midnight. Walmart opens at 10:00 Thursday night. Old Navy isn't closed at all this Thanksgiving.
How do I know this? Because I am listening to Pandora and the the commercials being played are all about these openings. I don't go shopping on Black Friday unless it is due to the regular course of life. And when I have, even at a decent hour - say 11:00 am, the stores are dead. At least compared to their opening hour.
But what I fear is that the all-powerful Christmas dollar continues to sneak it's dirty head into the doors of otherwise great holidays. Thanksgiving and Christmas are generally the only days of the year that *stores close and individuals get time off to spend time with family. All other holidays retail establishments are usually staffed at normal levels.
I go back and suggest that this trend this year won't impact me. And it likely won't this year. But with time I think the social blessings Thanksgiving and Christmas instill in our country, will be diminished. Yes, a slippery slope argument in that life will be altered as we move to opening Thanksgiving to everyday life.
I can see it now - I am 70 years old talking to my great grand kids;
"I remember when we had a day of Thanksgiving. A holiday that the whole country stopped for a moment to give gratitude - for whatever."Yep - Thanksgiving will be gone one day. Oh, it will be around like most of our other holidays. But it will be gone. The only hope I have is that "Black Thursday", as some are starting to call it, turns out just dismal crowds and that the backlash is great.
"Nice grandpa - like anybody has anything to be grateful for, let alone to take a day of to contemplate these thoughts."
But one thing that Walmart has taught us - we are willing to do anything as long as it is at a good price.
I wonder when Christmas won't feel so sacred?
I hope I am not around to find out - though I fear I will be.
*Yes, I know that this is not 100% true - but it's pretty close.