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Lining up for Black Friday shopping- Fairfax, VA

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Every year it seems retail stores have started their Black Friday sales earlier and earlier, eventually opting to open on Thanksgiving.  Retailers entice consumers to start lining up on Thanksgiving day by offering crazy discounts on hot ticket items, before opening their doors early Thanksgiving evening.  Well, it is good to hear big retail chains pushing back on this new trend by staying closed on Thanksgiving.  Should other retailers follow in the footsteps of TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and DSW?

Here is some food for thought, why have we become a society that is so obsessed with buying these “must have” items, instead of spending a day with our loved ones?  It is your choice whether you go out and shop for deals or stay home; however, majority of retail employees have no choice but to skip out on their Thanksgiving dinner to work instead.  Every year around this time, I hear many stories from friends who have to miss their Thanksgivings with family.  I have even heard stories of employers threatening to fire their employees who refuse to work on Thanksgiving.  So, retail employees go to work and spend their entire day waiting on customer after customer, who seem to become less and less appreciative of the help they receive.  Meanwhile, these same employees may have to work a double on little sleep, or skip their lunch break because it is just too busy.

Be thankful, and spend time with your loved ones this Thanksgiving.  Most importantly, remember to give thanks every day.  “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” – 1 Chronicles 16:34

Below is a complete list of stores who choose to stay closed on Thanksgiving.  You can find out more info here.

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