None of that, however, is a good reason to legislate store closings. In most of the United States, stores open and close as they will on Thanksgiving, just as they do on Christmas Eve. It’s not government’s role to decree when people must give thanks or attend church or even just take a break. The best we can do is mandate that if employees are required to work, they get extra compensation.
Of course, there’s more we can do as individuals if we really believe in family values: We can stay home. If you don’t want Thanksgiving to turn into a Christmas shopping frenzy, then don’t shop. Save it for the next day.
But let’s leave government out of it.