November 26, 2013
A lot has been made over the past few weeks about stores that will open their doors to shoppers on Thanksgiving Day. Much of that has been on the negative side.
We just don’t see what all the fuss is.
While we understand Thanksgiving marks the start of the Christmas season, we will refer to the next few weeks as the holiday season here — since this country is multi-national and therefore has celebrations this time of year for more than just Christmas. Kwanzaa and Hanukkah being two.
There’s no debate that holiday shopping displays, advertising and bargains have come flying at us earlier and earlier each year. It’s hardly rare to start seeing them pop up well before Halloween.
So why is it a surprise and some kind of problem that stores would want to take advantage of every chance to make another dollar? Isn’t that the whole idea behind a competitive, free-market system? Pure capitalism.
And really, the bottom line is this: If consumers don’t support it, then it wouldn’t continue. But we think those that open Thursday will see tremendous success, and shoppers will get terrific bargains. A win-win.
But some of the debate being bandied about seems to claim that opening on Thanksgiving somehow is sac-religious.
Thanksgiving is not a religious holiday in any way. It is a celebration of the coming together of this country’s founders and settlers; it is a holiday for giving thanks; and it is a holiday steeped in family traditions.
Over the years, football has become part of those traditions. And now, shopping is a part of it. Most can still find a way to balance all three — and there’s nothing wrong with that.
We hope each of you will enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday, no matter how you plan to spend it.