In response to one of Hamilton's anti-Walmart blips, I commented that the great thing about them opening on Thanksgiving is that people could pretend they care. This prompted a couple of respondents to tell me that I'm sad.

I get that over time attitudes change, but I really find it hard to believe that so many blog readers care so much about the holidays. I really think it's an act; a facade they put on because they think that's what's expected and it gives them a chance to complain. Over on Gawker, MaxRN mentioned in a comment to one of his early posts that it's okay he's working on Thanksgiving because he gets paid more and doesn't have to wear pants. That's all well and good, but if he wasn't working, I have to wonder what he would have done.

Maybe it's a generational thing, but when I was younger, Thanksgiving was a day of obligations. You were obligated to go to your grandparents or to sit with the family for a big meal and if you tried to go anywhere before dark, you'd be asked where you were going and whether they or somebody else could go along, which you sometimes felt obligated to allow.

Younger people didn't care about Thanksgiving and maybe things have changed, but I find it hard to believe that the majority care about it now.


Disclosure: We didn't travel for Thanksgiving this year, so I'm home with the family, where we are a lot of days and several weekends. What's different about today is that we're going to have a big meal โ€” everyone picked two things โ€” and we'll eat at the table, all at the same time.

Oh, and I guess Walmart might be open later and Kroger closes at five.