I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! It is interesting to watch how others deal with the holiday, especially how it was celebrated as "Ragamuffin Day" in NYC before the Macy's parade took over. Let's review:
1. is it Turkey Day or Thanksgiving Day? I would not call it Turkey Day because the turkey is the least happy animal on this day. I won't get into the new controversy over 'factory farming' or genetically modified foods or locally grown. Someone said that liberals---because they can't win on the big issues---get into trivialities such as these. It used to be that people bought their chickens live and had them butchered right there; along came A & P to change all that. 2. Who are they grateful to--God, the Indians (whoops--the Native Americans), or each other? Listen carefully to every time people talk about gratitude. 3. Shopping--for many it is the start of the Christmas Shopping Season; the day's newspaper is filled with more ads than news! Many stores started opening on Thanksgiving Day years ago, some have backed off that idea and now will open at 6pm or 7pm Thanksgiving Day. I think the online shopping is a bigger factor, especially since only 1 in 10 people subscribe to the local newspaper.
This is great news for Hobby Lobby, a company with an operating philosophy that is not imitated in many areas, because it is not about maximizing profit (thus, no reason to hire temporary workers). Not only are they closed on Sundays, but they are not open late because they want their employees to have a decent family life. I recommend reading their president's recent book, "More than a Hobby"