I apologize for my previously clumsily worded post upthread. I did not mean to sound culturally/religiously superior but I can see where it sounded that way.
What I intended was quite the opposite: I actually meant I felt sad that society pretty much shuts down by the dominant culture, leaving those who don't celebrate those holidays with not a whole lot to do. Also, the image conveyed by the dominant culture with Black Friday madness does not exactly make that culture look good.
Again I apologize, I did not mean to offend.
On another note, one thing I hate about all the Black Friday hoo-ha is the greed. I think that the whole idea of Black Friday and the holiday shopping season was to buy gifts for other people. With all the madness that goes on, I somehow cannot believe that all those people are out there to buy the plasma flat-screen as a gift for someone else.
My mom owned a womens clothing store, I worked retail in HS and college, and my sister had a career in retail for 20 years ending it as a store manager for a large department store. I don't dislike the retail industry. I actually enjoyed working retail during the holidays for the most part.
I have no issue with stores being open on the Friday after Thanksgiving. It's been a traditional shopping day for decades. I also have no issue with people taking advantage of the flat screen tv sales as their family Christmas present. I don't see it as greedy on the part of retailers or materialistic for consumers. It was just a good day that a vast majority had off work and no school so a food time to shop.
I think retail employees know their Black Friday work day is going to be long and tiring. But they also know they'll have a day off during the week to do their own shopping during less hectic times.
But I just don't think it's necessary to have retail stores open on Thanksgiving Day. It used to be the one National Holiday that most people in non-critical or hospitality industry had off. A good time for family and friends to plan to get together. Expanding to having more businesses open on this one holiday in my opinion doesn't improve overall quality of life. I'm sorry of you are someone who doesn't have the desire or the ability to celebrate Thanksgiving. But there are other things that can be done that day that doesn't involve shopping.
Btw... We were discussing this at dinner tonight . DS informed me there is actually a Black Friday death count website. We looked and one tragically seems to be directly connected to crazy shoppers and a handful of injuries nationwide. We all expected these numbers to be higher because of all the media hype.