I may be completely alone in feeling this way but after several years of seeing retail stores open on Thanksgiving to get a jump-start on Black Friday sales, I have to say it has put a damper on the typical beginning-of-the-Christmas-season shopping experience. This year is no exception.
This morning my sister and I watched our husbands head out at 5am for their annual manly shopping experience that consists of Home Depot and Lowe’s before taking a break at a local eatery for breakfast, but she and I slept in late with plans to meet later just for the ambiance of the holiday shopping season. We are two people who used to be out at 4:00 or 5:00 am and happily — even joyfully — stood in line to be among the first in Target or Kohl’s or Macy’s. But that ended when stores began opening on Thanksgiving.