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HOLMBERG: Black Friday leaps into Thanksgiving. Does anyone care?

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No doubt, Black Friday has become Black Thursday.

Instead of big fat turkeys with stuffing, we saw big fat lines and stores stuffed with customers.

Some waited in line several days at Short Pump and Chesterfield Best Buys.

The one in Short Pump opened the doors at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving.

Target had targeted 8 p.m.

Wal-Mart in Short Pump was just plain ridiculous, with more crossing guards than the National Football League.

The term Black Friday is believed to be about 50 years old. This creeping towards Thursday is just five or so years old and straight-up busting into Thanksgiving is pretty much brand new.

It can be argued that Thanksgiving is a religious celebration of thankfulness as well as an agricultural celebration of harvest.

Neither one has much to do with shopping frenzies, as best as I can tell.

More and more stores and restaurants are open on holidays once considered sacred. All 365 days of the year are becoming all-too similar, at least in my view.

Is this just another sign that we’re losing our soul in this nation?


  • N. Boraski

    To answer your question, yes, it is. In my opinion, pushing Black Friday back into Thanksgiving borders on being unAmerican. I want NO part of it. Do stores think that those people who rush out on Thanksgiving would not rush out on Friday? What’s the hurry?

  • BB

    Seems purposed to negate the meaning of both Thanksgiving and Christmas with frenzy, chaos, and greed. Refuse to jump through ridiculous stores hoops to buy their sale items. Seems totally
    disrespectful to meanings, customers, employees and civility.

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