Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Yes, the food is great, but even better than the turkey and sides is the opportunity for families to sit down and have a meal together, in thanks to God ( Christians do so in Jesus' name). It's something to be grateful for because the likelihood of coming together is so unlikely these days.
You may think it's no big deal, but have you seen the disconnect in families today? Kids are on phones texting, searching, listening but not engaging. Parents work long hours at their jobs, to the point that mom and dad sitting at a table together with their children is not the norm; it's a special occasion. Then there's the extended family—do the kids even know Grandma's brother, Great Uncle Steve? So forgive me if I'm none too excited about the latest corporate schemings, to further fragment the family in favor of getting these super deals on Thanksgiving!
Gee Wiz! Isn't a whole day on Friday enough? If it isn't enough, companies will be rolling in the dough throughout the entire Christmas—no, I didn't mean "holiday"—season. It's said that the public has cried out for this Thanksgiving day shopping. Is spending time with Cousin Patrice that bad that a lounge chair and coffee in Walmart's parking lot is preferable? Well your favorite companies are ready to comply. So again, we find ourselves in the dilemma of getting what we get when we dilute the true meaning or sentiment of a holiday and the consequences will show up down the line.
It's not a sin to shop on Thanksgiving. I'm definitely not saying that, but shouldn't we hold some days sacred? If we hold it sacred, corporate America will have to comply with that too.
There was a time, in the not so distant past, that if you didn't have what you needed on Thanksgiving, you were pretty much going to have to wait until Friday. Not anymore! Go ahead and drive down the block on Thursday for that sugar, that extra serving tray or that 30" LCD TV, and don't worry because Target/Walmart are willing and able to oblige your every want and need. Now, whether their employees, who have to leave their families on Thanksgiving for a Black Thursday sale are happy, well that's another story altogether.