1. A day free from work that one may spend at leisure, especially a day on which custom or the law dictates a halting of general business activity to commemorate or celebrate a particular event. (thefreedictionary.com)
4. : a period of exemption or relief (merriam-webster.com)
Thanksgiving, is this day not a time to be thankful for what you have? Instead a time to be in a post haste rush to purchase the newest holiday gift materials that have been produced, before the end of this glorious day of thanks is even over? Wal-Mart Executive VP Duncan Mack claims to "know" the feelings of his fellow Wal-Mart associates. "Wal-Mart associates are very excited to work that day..". Funny every Wal-Mart employee I've ever spoken to that had to work Thanksgiving always dreaded it.
But, Thank you to these big companies that chose to Close their doors on Thanksgiving, allowing their employees the WHOLE day to spend at home with friends and family: Costco, Nordstrom, BJ's Wholesale Club, Home Depot, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, Burlington Coat Factory, Apple, Radio Shack, American Girl, Patagonia, REI, Dillard's, Ross, and Menards.
Now, Shame on you Walmart, Kmart, Old Navy, Target, Staples, Sears, Best Buy, Toys R Us, Michael's, Macy's, J.C. Penny, Kohl's, Simon Malls, Dollar General, and Dick's Sporting Goods for deciding to Open your doors on THANKSGIVING... I don't believe I will be shopping in any of your doors this Holiday Season, maybe even ever again. Perhaps we as a country should just change the name of this day to Giving Emotional Thanks, to hint of "Let's not shop today.", as it feels more and more like Getting Stuff every year =p.
And I do understand where businesses are coming from when they argue why they are opening their doors early on Thanksgiving, or throughout the whole day even: competition. "The other business's are doing it, so we have to, to stay right with them." Okay, fine. How about: All Businesses Sign a Treaty to be Closed On Thanksgiving Holiday, that is from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM every 4th Thursday of November each year. Or, if you just can't come to an agreement on that notion...
Government: please step in and make it a law: No physically addressed place of commercial opportunity (Online Business is a whole separate entity) in the United States of America shall be open for business on Thanksgiving, that is from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM every 4th Thursday of November each year. Only Emergency Services, Hospitals etc. shall be open.