If you’re old enough you remember when Thanksgiving (of all America’s holidays) was about God, family, food, friends, and football. You couldn’t find a grocery store, department store, or even a gas station open. You got where you were going and you stayed there all day, enjoying family and food and ball games, and you gave thanks for it all.
Not so now. Now America has managed to commercialize even this day. Go shopping – spend money – forget thanks-giving and replace it with anything but. Because a lot of stores are open… because the altar that matters now isn’t the family altar around which people gather to express thanks to God, it’s the altar to the almighty dollar.
U.S. retailers trying to squeeze every extra cent out of shoppers are opening for Thanksgiving on Thursday, trying to get a jump on the holiday shopping season. Among the retailers that will open on Thursday are Wal-Mart Stores Inc’s U.S. discount stores, 850 of Gap Inc’s Old Navy stores, as well as some of its Gap and Banana Republic stores; and Sears Holdings Corp’s namesake department stores, and Kmart discount stores.
All hail the dollar… So if you can remember the days when something mattered more than money, be thankful. Your children won’t.
- If it’s Thanksgiving, you must be shopping … – Reuters (news.google.com)
- Stores Open On Thanksgiving 2010: Walmart, Sears And More (HOURS) (huffingtonpost.com)
- For Retail Workers, Black Friday Starts Thursday (abcnews.go.com)