Two years ago today we asked whether or not we were witnessing the end of Thanksgiving as we know it. As stores began to announce plans to open on Thanksgiving Day in an effort to ramp up Black Friday sales and Christmas shopping, it seemed Thanksgiving might be shifting from a day for rest and time with family to a day of shopping.
This year several major retailers have announced plans to close on Thanksgiving in honor of the holiday. The Christian Science Monitor writes that Apple, T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods, Marshalls, Pier 1 Imports, REI, and Barnes & Noble all will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods–all three of which are owned by the same parent company–have even gone so far as to launch an ad campaign about reclaiming the holidays. You can see one of their ads below.
Like I said two years ago, I’ve never seen a Norman Rockwell painting of a family spending Thanksgiving in the checkout line of a big-box store. This week, I hope you and your family will take a break from the hustle and bustle to enjoy quality time together.
Whether it’s playing football in the backyard or listing your blessings around the dinner table, take a few hours to celebrate and have a happy Thanksgiving!