Thanksgiving – Just Another Shopping Day?

BLOG #47, SERIES 4
WEDNESDAYS WITH DR. JOE
THANKSGIVING – JUST ANOTHER SHOPPING DAY?
November 20, 2013

I can’t remember much sadder society developments than the recent greed-based decisions of large store chain executives–such as Macy’s–, to open their doors on Thanksgiving this year. In the process, depriving their own employees of the opportunity to celebrate the sacred holiday of Thanksgiving with their families. ‘To say nothing of their blatant attempt to shatter the heretofore sacred family day for millions of other Americans.

If anything can evidence clearer than this, a nation that has lost its spiritual moorings, I can’t think of it. I can imagine what Abraham Lincoln would say–who helped to found it during the darkest days of the Civil War. Thanksgiving was then a call to the nation to make that occasion a national day of prayer.

I’ve been waiting to hear from the nation’s spiritual leaders, as well as every minister in every parish. Where is the outcry from government leaders, from the President on down? About the only thing purveyors of greed will listen to would be a national boycott because of the outrage they are perpetrating.

Nor have I heard from the other great retailers. Where is their voice in all this? It’s like when one giant airline announces a fair-hike; if the others do not follow suit, there is an ignominious retreat from the fare hike. Why is this not happening?

How about you and me? Where is our voice in all this? This year, it’s not Black Friday – it is the Blackest of Thursdays!

I’m listening.

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  1. It is a national disgrace. It reminds me of when the malls started opening on Sundays. Life will never be the same. A lot of the younger generation is not patriotic or traditional. Hopefully, most families will still be traditional and keep the holiday sacred. Mine will.

  2. No shopping for me that day!

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  3. Time was, one could drive through a city or town on at least ONE night of the year and find stores and businesses CLOSED and homes with families in them LIGHTED. There seemed to be an evening to take a collective breath, a sigh of relief from the hustle and intensity of frenzied marketing.

  4. I could not agree with you more. I have been greatly disturbed by department stores in my area opening early Thanksgiving Day. I just cannot comprehend it. My wife and I have decided to not patronize stores that opened on Thanksgiving Day. I sincerely believe it is all about greed.


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