Black Thursday: Couldn’t the Bastards Just Wait One More Day?



In the past few years, the hedonistic shopping binge of Black Friday has drifted into the formerly sacred realm of Thanksgiving Day.

While most in the United States spent the day bonding with friends and family over turkey dinners and football games, some were enticed by big discounts and open stores to begin their holiday bargain-hunting a day earlier than the traditional “Black Friday” sprees that follow Thanksgiving.

With six fewer shopping days this year than in 2012, Macy’s and a slew of other stores opened on Thanksgiving for the first time in a bare-knuckle brawl for a bigger slice of holiday sales.

Macy’s was packed, and overall online sales for the day were up an estimated 11.5 percent over last year, according to a report at IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark.

And what is the deal with people going out to eat on Thanksgiving instead of sharing a home-cooked feast at home with their families?

Forget all that work in the kitchen! More people are taking their families out to eat for Thanksgiving. ABC Action News found more than 40 open restaurants in the Bay Area this year.

Sharon Orellana said going to The Columbia in Ybor City is a Thanksgiving tradition for her family.

“You don’t have to be all nerve racking trying to get everything ready and then you have to pick it all up and clean up your house. This just makes it so much more relaxing,” said Orellana.

One of the few days in a year where people took the time to prepare a large, traditional meal gives way to people chowing down at a restaurant like they do for a growing percentage of their everyday meals. Or a casino, of all places! A nation of producers continues to decline into a nation of useless consumers.

Nevermind the shameless consumerism of people who, instead of thanking God on Thanksgiving, are going into debt to celebrate presents instead of the birth of Christ. What about all those part-time workers who could previously count on having at least Thanksgiving and Christmas off from work? Now they get to tend to the endless consumption of others.

But hey, it’s a free market, right?

Life was better when blue laws were the norm. If blue laws did nothing for the heathens who would spend their holy days shopping, they at least protected believers who had to work.


A nation dominated by people who eat out and shop on Thanksgiving Day wouldn’t allow, or benefit from, blue laws.  The people have grown too corrupt.

We should be careful, in this stage of our civilization, about running to the government to correct a cultural problem.  All too often the government presence amounts to more than we bargained for.

The best thing is to let the hordes enjoy their consumption while they still can.

Because people who live for today and produce nothing for tomorrow will ultimately be left with nothing.  Then those among them who did prepare and who can defend their stores may ultimately find themselves in a position to call the shots.

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  2. My wife is one of those “who, instead of thanking God on Thanksgiving, are going into debt to celebrate presents instead of the birth of Christ.” She told me a K-Mart employee told her they get triple pay and first pick of black friday discounts on top their employee discounts and they all volunteered to work on Thanksgiving.

    I’m with Patulcius, blue laws enforce tradition. A people that have grown too corrupt, as Clusuvius says, are creating a new traditions from their corruption and raising their kids in those traditions. What you tolerate your children will accept and your grandchildren will defend as a traditional value.


    • Your wife’s feedback about the K-Mart employees is good news. At least no one is forcing them to work, not at K-Mart at least. I wonder if this is the norm. (Doubtful.)

      My two sides are (as usual) divided on this issue, probably more-so than I let on in this post. And I can’t seem to form a Concordance on the issue. Traditionalism battles libertarianism without resolution in this case. Fortunately it is a very trivial issue in the grand scheme of things.



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