Tuesday, November 13, 2012
This is the year when it happens, one way or another.
More and more retail stores have announced plans to open on Thanksgiving instead of waiting for the Friday after. And those states that don't allow opening on Thanksgiving are being pressured to rescind the laws already in place forbidding taking holidays away from the workers.
Massachusetts Retailers Say "Blue Laws" Are Outdated
There are a lot of things wrong with Massachusetts, but on this they've had it right for years. Thanksgiving has been completely off-limits for store openings. Now, because of supposed fears that shoppers might go across borders to buy stuff on Thanksgiving night, many of them are calling for change to the laws.
This is the end product (and I mean that in the worst way imaginable) when Christmas and other holidays are pushed forward. The first time a Christmas carol was played over a store loudspeaker in October, this became the inevitable consequence. When otherwise good people stood by and did not complain, it was only a matter of time.
This year, we decide if greed wins or loses. There will be no second chance.
If some stores that never opened on Thanksgiving in the past are opening this year, depriving their employees of the holiday, then more stores will open next year. Legislatures will be pressured to change laws in those states that don't allow such openings. Finally, the entire landscape of the holiday will change. It will, in fact, no longer be a true holiday. Thanksgiving will become just another day to shop instead of a relaxing day to be with family and friends.
I don't know what more I can say. I've pretty much covered it all in this space, at one time or another, over the past seven years. If I missed anything, it was no doubt supplied by the other fine bloggers who have joined the fight. If it hasn't hit home in a way that makes you want to fight, I don't know what will. Make no mistake - if you don't fight it this year, you won't have a hope in hell next year. This fight needs to be fought NOW.
Sign the petition. If you have a stamp, write to some CEO and express your opinion. Or, if you don't have a stamp, e-mail a few of them. Ask your friends and family to do the same. Or do nothing and see Thanksgiving become just another day for shopping.
Soon, with more better stuff. Or never. Your choice.