I voted that I didn't care one way or another. However, after reading the thread, I feel the reasoning needs to be clarified a little. Are those opposed to thanksgiving shopping opposed to it
1. because of the general corporate greed it represents.
2. because the workers who are running these stores are being treated poorly.
3. because it is a day to be with family
If it is (3) I have to wonder why all private sector service industries are not held to the same standard. Restaurants, hotels, movies, drive through coffee places all of them are not "essential" but lots of them are open through the holiday and have a staff.