It seems that more and more stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day this year. Many are hoping to take advantage of the Black Friday madness by extending sales over a two day period.
And while I feel that businesses have the right to open or close whenever they wish, I feel that this strategy is a bit short-sighted.
Because as the spirit of holiday is eroded away, so too goes the motive for celebration.
And as more people eschew the uniqueness of tradition in favor of the everyday commonplace transaction of business, so goes the seasonal demand for products and services.
To put it simply, if there is nothing special about the day, the underlying premise for buying things that we would not normally purchase evaporates.
I for one will not only forgo any shopping on Thanksgiving Day, but I will also make an effort to NEVER purchase anything from any company that chooses to place profit ahead of principle.
That is my right! And I intend to invoke it!