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So what do we do? We not only perpetuate Black Friday; now we start our shopping on Thanksgiving Day itself. Within the last few years, Walmart, Kmart, Best Buy, Target and Toys R Us, among many others, have opened their doors late on Thanksgiving Day. That way, people can stumble away from the table and directly to the store. The idea appalls me, and I wish it were illegal. Can’t we have one genuine American holiday that’s a day of peace and family and good food and rest?

My husband, a businessman, says that in a soft economy, opening stores on the holiday is necessary, not only to do more business but to offer workers the chance to make extra money. I say most workers would appreciate a day off and surely resent the obligation to show up at work on Thanksgiving Day. And let me guess: The burden falls mostly on working women, who may hold down a job as a cashier at Target but most likely also buy and cook the food for the holiday.

Most of the retailers are opening at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, but Kmart and Old Navy are pushing the envelope, opening at 6 a.m.

I recently heard about a movement that has been around for a few years, known as Buy Nothing Day. It’s an international day of protest against consumerism, and in the U.S. it’s held on Black Friday. Since 1992, people protesting over-consumption (what, us?) have participated in various activities such as cutting up credit cards, sitting in, throwing free street parties and wandering through stores with empty shopping carts. My favorite protest activity is the zombie walk: stomping around a mall with a blank look on one’s face.

Mind you, I don’t participate in BND, nor do I advocate for it, but I understand the frustration with the ramping up of shopping and tumult and materialism just at the time of year when our hearts and minds should turn to family and friends and peace.

Nordstrom and Costco and Burlington Coat Factory, among others, have announced that they will not ruin their employees’ Thanksgiving by opening on the holiday.


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Kudos to you Randi Kreiss. I similarly sent off a letter regarding this NEW Heinous tradition but my letter was not printed.

It was titled " A Holiday for Retail" and I am going to post it here. I truly hope you are not insulted but I do believe this is an important issue. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Enjoy the day together to give Thanks.

My Letter: A Holiday for Retail"

How terrible that corporate greed prevents our retail workers from spending some precious time with family on Holidays. To open stores on Thanksgiving, and other major holidays is a travesty. This is one of America’s Holidays and to prevent mainstream America from enjoying it is indeed a sad reflection on today’s values. What are we teaching the youth of America when we do not allow even a day of reflection to give thanks for our great country? Is it that important to shop 24/7 days a week? These stores can provide the same sales on Black Friday, which, by the way, I have never shopped on.

When will this end? The erosion of family is taking it’s toll on society in increased crime, drug use, and single parent households. America, it is time for a wakeup call. Please consider the poor workers who have to endure this travesty. Is saving a couple of dollars going to make or break you? Tell corporate America “NO MORE”.

Eileen Metz

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