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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Black Friday, Blue Laws (and Happy Thanksgiving)

November is a great month: NaNoWriMo, National Adoption Month, and, of course, Thanksgiving.  Cue the Christmas music, thanks to holiday creep. 

Holiday creep is also responsible for the Black Friday shopping frenzy that now starts on Thanksgiving Day.  But a tiny minority of states, such as Massachusetts, kept blue laws on their books: retailers must be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.  These blue laws date back to the colonial era of the Puritans, and intended to encourage people to go to church instead of work.  They now encourage families to stay together for Thanksgiving by keeping stores closed, but there is some thought that they just make people cross state borders to shop (or shop online?).

Whether you are shopping today, watching football, or eating all day, Happy Thanksgiving.

Posted by Margaret Ryznar on November 27, 2014 at 08:00 AM | Permalink

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