If we have any sense of history and patriotism, Americans should be embarrassed about the commercial corruption of Thanksgiving. Last year, many big box retailers rendered Black Friday obsolete across much of the nation by opening their doors Thanksgiving night as early as 9 p.m. This year, several, including Toys“R”Us, Sears, Walmart, and Kmart, moved their openings up to 8 p.m.
In Massachusetts, our 17th-century blue laws provide a momentary barricade, forcing stores here to delay openings until after midnight. But as sure as you can now buy liquor on Sundays, one can see the floodwaters of materialism sweeping the last of retail store restrictions out to sea.