Christmas decorations deck the retail halls the day after Halloween, or even before. It’s as if Thanksgiving doesn’t exist. Christmas creep starts earlier every year. Next week, more retailers than ever are opening their seasonal shopping doors before the Thanksgiving table has even been set, never mind cleared.
Among the chain stores feasting on their workers and customers family time are a litany of corporate suspects, including Walmart, Kohl’s, JC Penney, Sears, CVS, Target, Macy’s, Best Buy and Kmart, which is opening stores at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
Banks, law firms and universities are all closed on Thanksgiving. So their white-collar employees can enjoy Thanksgiving in the traditional manner, with food, football and family. Not so for the retail workers who must spring to work before the mince and pumpkin pie is served.
Maybe it is time to fight back by patronizing stores that refuse to open on Thanksgiving, including Costco, Patagonia, Marshall’s, T.J. Maxx, Nordstrom, American Girl, Barnes & Noble and the Burlington Coat Factory.
From Nick Knisely, Episcopal Bishop of Rhode Island.
Bold added make clear who is naughty and who is nice.