FOX News annually warns us of a “War on Christmas” in discussing the plight of religious connections to the holiday. Unfortunately, a “War on Thanksgiving” has commenced — and this one is about threats to the retail portion of the holiday.
The unofficial kickoff to Christmas shopping is a day marketed as a sales lollapalooza for some and an exercise in misery for many others. In fact, the blackness of Friday has crept into Thanksgiving, smearing its dankness all over shopping aisles everywhere. Lately, no one seems to care about eating turkey — but one huge retailer refuses to sell a thing on that day.
We say: good for you, Costco.
Here we are, late October: Christmas displays are already up in stores and homes, and holiday tunes already have begun infecting the radio. And for what? To hurry Santa along?
Not so much — especially if you ask Costco. According to an exclusive statement provided to HuffPo, the big box retailer has refused to cave.
“Since our inception 30-plus years ago, we have always been closed on Thanksgiving,” Paul Latham, a spokesman for Costco, told HuffPost. “It will be the same this year.”
“Our employees work especially hard during the holiday season, and we simply believe that they deserve the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with their families,” Latham told HuffPost last year.
What’s wrong with allowing a day-long respite for your team before the crazed masses bum rush your store in search of Yuletide joy? Big stores like the ones below have calculated the ROI and chosen to open their doors at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving instead of the butt-crack of down the next day.
If you are interested in the Thanksgiving version of “Axis and Allies,” ThinkProgress.org has a nice infographic for your scoreboards.