Take Back Thanksgiving

So, Christmas has been encroaching on Thanksgiving (and has had its eyes on Halloween) for decades, but apparently it has now metastasized to the point where Wal-Mart and K-Mart are actually open on Thanksgiving Day.

Look, I love Christmas as much as the next guy, maybe more. But it’s only meaningful because it’s special and the more of the year it takes up the less special it is. Thanksgiving is a fantastic and unique holiday. It’s maybe even more American than the 4th of July: lots of countries celebrate their independence or founding, but we have an almost universally adopted (and totally made up!) holiday that almost all Americans have a warm place in their heart for, that works with any religion or lack thereof, and has extremely achievable expectations (eat a lot? check. watch some football? check. spend time with people you love? check.).

So please, whatever you do, don’t shop on Thanksgiving Day. Leave the stores empty so that the Wal-Mart and K-Mart employees get to spend the day with their families next year. We can do this. Thank you.

One thought on “Take Back Thanksgiving”

  1. Lots of countries have harvest festivals, though; it’s notable that Canadian Thanksgiving falls on Columbus Day, which makes more sense for the more northerly climate. In addition, it’s not clear which came first, Thanksgiving dinner or the English Christmas dinner, but they are identical now. (I say “now” because it used to be that only the very well-to-do could afford turkey for Christmas.)

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