Major chain store retailers are in business to make money, and the after-Thanksgiving sales are an important time to accomplish this. Customers want the best deals possible, and a great number have demonstrated a willingness to wait in line outside these stores for this purpose. Store employees would like to spend Thanksgiving, one of our most cherished family holidays and one with religious overtones, with their loved ones.
It seems we could accomplish all three if the major retailers would agree to once again open at a designated time on Black Friday rather than earlier and earlier on Thanksgiving Day. It will be a shame when family holidays can be celebrated only by the well-to-do.