Black Thursday is more commonly known as Thanksgiving, a day when families -- dysfunctional and otherwise -- gather to over-eat and give gratitude that they are able to. While the day after Thanksgiving has long been the traditional kickoff of the holiday shopping season, the starting bell has been ringing earlier and earlier each year.
The public reaction to Macy's and Kohl's announcements that they plan to stay open for business on Thanksgiving was swift and disapproving. From the department stores' perspective, it's a matter of trying to squeeze an extra day out of the holiday shopping season and more money from our wallets. Meanwhile, the public is wringing its hands over how many workers will miss precious time with family.