Some retailers, such as Staples, are holding Black Friday sales all week starting Sunday. "Sale" signs cover the windows of retailers in downtown Pleasanton already as Black Friday sales creep further into Thanksgiving Day. But who can blame them? The Commerce Department reports that consumers are already increasing spending this season. Retailers are looking to capitalize on this and gain some type of competitive edge by opening stores sooner to launch the shopping-crazed day known as Black Friday.
We've become accustomed to having the Friday after Thanksgiving "dedicated" to this holiday shopping frenzy, but usually not until sunrise. We've always treasured the day before as a time to visit with our families, count our blessings together, enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, watch a little football and even play some games outside and walk in the parks together. Now, before the dishes ever get to the kitchen, families will be split apart as we rush off to the shops even before Thanksgiving Day's sunset, midnight specials printed off the Internet in hand, to snatch those 1- to 2-hour "specials."
Perhaps we should have kept Roosevelt's proclamation and moved Thanksgiving up a week -- this year, Nov. 15 -- to give us at least more time for the family.
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