Tuesday, November 23, 2010


The official definition of a holiday is as follows.

Holiday:  1. a day fixed by law or custom on which ordinary business is suspended in commemoration of some event or in honor of some person. 2. any day of exemption from work 

A holiday is a day designated as having special significance for which individuals, a government, or a religious group have deemed that observation is warranted.  In modern use, it means any special day of rest or relaxation, as opposed to normal days off work or school.

So while I was standing in line this morning I noticed a sign in the store that said open on Thanksgiving.  Wait isn't Thanksgiving an official holiday?

I kept thinking....What!?!?  Really!?!? Noooooooo.

And this coming from someone who loves to shop, but that is just not what the spirit of Thanksgiving is about or any holiday for that matter.  Stores should not be open on holidays.  That is not fair to those who have to work at such places.  Holidays were created for the purpose of having a day off.  A day to celebrate the meaning of the holiday.

I'm really disappointed that all these stores are choosing to remain open.  Personally I feel it is a reflection on how materialistic our society has become.  Seriously, people can't go one day without shopping or just staying home?   This world needs more holidays where everything closes, or else what is the point of calling it a holiday.

Besides, isn't that the whole point behind Black Friday anyway?  Stores close on Thanksgiving, and then open Friday to kick off the Christmas season. Black Friday was meant for shopping not Thanksgiving.
The only way to get stores to remain closed for holidays is for no one to go shopping that day.  If they don't make money then they won't bother staying open on such holidays.  People can learn to get all they need the week, the day, the hours, before everything shuts down for one day.  It really is quite simple.

Why not just stay home with family, friends, pets, or even ones self.  Watch the parades, rent a movie, read a book, relax by the fireplace, snuggle in bed, make it a true holiday for everyone! (and give the cell phones a holiday too) 

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. 

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