By the way, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you and your family spend quality time and be thankful for what you do have. And kick back with the family watch football. Oh wait, Thanksgiving this year is a little bit different all the other years. Why? Because big-box retailers such as Wal-Mart, Toys R Us and Sears are opening their doors at 8 p.m. Thursday — just as Thanksgiving dinner tables are being cleared in many homes. Target will follow suit at 9 p.m., enticing shoppers out of their homes during the final football game of the day.
Some history of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving Day is a holiday celebrated primarily in the USA and Canada. Thanksgiving is celebrated each year on the fourth Thursday of November in the USA and on the second Monday of October in Canada. Because of the longstanding traditions of the holiday, the celebration often extends to the weekend that falls closest to the day it is celebrated. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations. Historically, Thanksgiving had roots in religious and cultural tradition. Today, Thanksgiving is primarily celebrated as a secular holiday.
Prayers of thanks and special thanksgiving ceremonies are common among almost all religions after harvests and at other times. The holiday’s history in North America is rooted in English traditions dating from the Protestant Reformation. It also has aspects of a harvest festival, even though the harvest in New England occurs well before the late-November date of the holiday.
But this year and next years, Thanksgiving will probably be wiped off the calendar. Please let Black Friday be Black Friday and leave Thanksgiving alone, remember. Those businesses are all about the money and greed. If your going out for Black Friday, please support the businesses that do not interupt Thanksgiving and let business know that too, tell them thank you.
Many blessings to you and your family.