Better East Texas: Is tradition under attack?

Better East Texas: Is tradition under attack?

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - It was announced recently that the Mall of America, the country's largest mall, located in Minnesota, was going to close on Thanksgiving Day to give a day back to their employees to spend with families and celebrate.

What a great idea. Fortunately, numerous businesses followed suit at the national level including Lowe's, Petsmart, Tractor Supply Company, Pier One and others – there is a pretty big list. Now it is time for local stores to follow this example.

It was not long ago, only a few years, that the notion of Thanksgiving being a big retail day was not a thought – Thanksgiving was one of the last few days that retail companies backed up and took a breath and closed because it was the right thing to do for their employees. The drive to make a profit is great in our country and so many traditions have come under attack recently.

Not just religious and spiritual but simple traditions have been speedily eroded and replaced with whatever pleases individuals. I don't know if it is a characteristic of the millennial generation or the dying off of the greatest generation, but it is past time that traditions get a healthy shot of respect. When we become self-driven and self-absorbed at all costs, we suffer as a culture.

So applause to those businesses that will close on Thanksgiving Day. We need more. Not if we can just resist the urge to shop online on Thanksgiving as, no doubt, online marketers will be lining up to take another shot at, you guessed it, tradition.

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