Just when you thought commercialism couldn't be more idiotic, we will now have Black Thursday - stores open on Thanksgiving for Christmas shopping.
And since it's before Black Friday, the selection will be better, and the feeding frenzy even more enthusiastic. Better borrow your kid's football padding.
On second thought, better borrow his football team, to run interference for you.
This is getting ridiculous. Thanksgiving is supposed to be one of the few paid holidays for the American worker, and now a number of individuals will be told - hey, you're coming in! Better TiVo the parade and the game!
And you can wave to your family as you're coming in at the end of Black Thursday, and they're getting ready to head out on Black Friday.
This is crazy. Are we so totally bereft of interest, imagination, and a sense of family and community that we have to take every opportunity to go shopping?
Do we really need more Duck Dynasty t-shirts or Neiman-Marcus scarves?
Is it worth walking out on Thanksgiving to see what kind of deal you can get in Electronics?
Is it worth truncating Thanksgiving night to camp out in front of the entrance to your favorite store, ready to claw your way to the head of the line?
I had a friend who participated in Black Friday for many years, because her daughter just had to have certain toys for Christmas, and they sold out quickly.
"Of course, it's probably my fault that she's so spoiled," said my friend with a shrug.
A universal observation.
What do you think - is Black Thursday a good opportunity, or are our holidays being stolen by commercial interests? Will you participate?