POLL: Are We Losing Thanksgiving as a Holiday?

With retailers starting to think about opening on the holiday, has Turkey Day become just another day? Tell us what you think.

Earlier this week, Steve Grzanich, an afternoon anchor and reporter for WBBM-AM (780), tweeted an interesting thought:

Are we losing #Thanksgiving as a holiday? Christmas season starts now before Halloween w/very little mention of Turkey Day. #stoprushingxmas

Right now, grocery stores have limited—and sometimes full—hours on Thanksgiving. Retailers are opening earlier and earlier to catch the Black Friday wave. Target is opening at midnight, and Toys R Us will be open at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving. 

Has Thanksgiving lost its holiday appeal? Will it eventually become as significant as Arbor Day or Columbus Day? Have we lost it as a day off to be spent with family and copious amounts of food?

Take our poll and tell us what you think in our comments section.

Jamie Paicely November 19, 2011 at 06:42 PM
I agree Colleen! Thanksgiving is one of the only holidays where it's really about family and not so much presents, treats, ect. I really love Thanksgiving for the fact that everyone really makes an effort to be there and really just enjoy each other and the great food served!
JJR November 20, 2011 at 12:52 AM
We should be like the Canadians and celebrate Thanksgiving on the 2nd Monday in October. It's more in keeping with the actual "harvest" and you get a 3 day weekend.
Matt Windle November 20, 2011 at 03:42 AM
I agree with Darin's comments. If people want to celebrate the day with family, great! If people want to go stand in line to be one of 4 people to get an extra $10 off a TV, let 'em. I'm a retail store manager and we've been gearing up for Christmas for several months. But, personally, I'll be spending my Thanksgiving day with our family's annual Turkeybowl followed by some quality family time around the Thanksgiving dinner table. After that, I'm sure there'll be the traditional nap. Then, I'll get up Friday morning, head to the store and open the doors knowing there are still 30 days 'til Christmas without having sacrificed any of our great Thanksgiving traditions.
Elizabeth P. November 21, 2011 at 08:24 PM
I do believe it is the families responsibility to keep the holiday spirits up, I feel laziness unfortunately is also starting to creep up during holiday times too. I remember when I was younger everything seemed more meaningful and grand than how it is now. Sad for our children to get the short end of the stick with holidays!
Susan November 22, 2011 at 07:53 PM
I agree with the comments that Thanksgiving is getting lost in all the commercialism of Christmas. I couldn't believe how many Christmas commercials ran before Halloween this year. It makes me sick! Not to mention the stores putting out Christmas decorations shortly after Labor Day. The only stores that should be able to sell Christmas items are the craft supply stores so that people can get a head start on their crafting. As long as people support the commercialism, the retailers are going to keep pushing Christmas earlier and earlier. We need to stop supporting that push. Let's focus on Thanksgiving and enjoy the season of fall. It is the most beautiful season but doesn't last long. Let us be thankful for the beauty all around us, our families and our freedom. There will be plenty of time next month to focus on Christmas and when that time comes, let us not forget the true reason for the season. I plan to enjoy Thanksgiving with my family and hopefully leave memories of family with my children and not shopping. Happy Thanksgiving!!


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