The end of Thanksgiving?

Although the christmas shopping season has been creeping into Thanksgiving for several years now, this year marks the first year I’ve noticed retailers blatantly staying open through the main part of the holiday. I recall some stores opening at 11pm on Thanksgiving day before, but that usually meant most store were closed during most of Thanksgiving.

But this year, they’re not even trying. Some stores are open all day. Others open mid-day. It’s just another business day.

This isn’t an anti-christmas, anti-capitalism, anti-consumerism rant. I don’t like shopping on ANY day, so I don’t care whether folks shop on Turkey day or not.

But I do wonder about what this means for how we will celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in the future.

Halloween has already been transformed. Each year, we see fewer and fewer trick-or-treaters, as going door-to-door takes a back seat to organized “trunk-or-treat” parties. As the weather gets colder earlier and earlier each year. Parents see little utility taking their kids out at night. (Thanks, climate change.) Aside from this, retailers are testing the waters of the “Merry Thanksgiv-o-ween” season by mashing Halloween and Christmas. Sightings of “Halloween trees” and scary strings of lights (similar to christmas tree lights) are now common. We’ve already written Halloween off. It’s no longer a big deal.

Halloween 2014 was spent at an airshow in New Mexico with my fellow Public Affairs Airmen.

Halloween 2014 was spent at an airshow in New Mexico with my fellow Public Affairs Airmen.

What do you think? Will Thanksgiving and Halloween exist 50 years from now?

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