More & more retail & grocery stores are staying open on Thanksgiving Day. It seems a shame to me. Why can't they give their employees a break on this important national holiday? It's a sure bet the top executives of these corporations are enjoying the day at home with their families, yet they have their lowest-paid employees out working for them. Some stores even have special sales that are good only on Thanksgiving Day, to lure more customers into their stores. I know that for some folks shopping together with their family is an enjoyable holiday tradition, and perhaps there are some who only see certain family members on Thanksgiving Day. But why should some families be torn apart in order to allow other families more togetherness? Couldn't they find other things to do together that didn't affect other families? Is this happening everywhere or just in/near the big cities? One of our big grocery chains, Publix, will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. I always make it a point to phone their corporate office to thank them for doing this. Even though we don't have anyone in the family who works there I still appreciate this store's policy and think it sends a good message to the community. If there's anything I might need to purchase on Thanksgiving Day I will try to do without, or borrow from a neighbor. I don't want to vote with my dollars for a business staying open on this holiday. My husband has to work at WalMart from 10-7 on Thanksgiving Day. There goes his celebration. We are having dinner with our church and cannot expect them to change their schedule just for us.