Holiday spirit starts at home

Not so long ago, the key aspect of scheduling Thanksgiving dinner was when the turkey was ready to come out of the oven. Now, it may well be the rush to get out and go shopping after the family has eaten.

Officials at many retail businesses have found opening their doors before the crack of dawn on Black Friday is not enough for many eager bargain hunters. Offering shopping hours on Thanksgiving itself seems to be almost expected these days.

Some businesses should be open on holidays. Pharmacies, gasoline stations, restaurants and grocery stores are among those to which many people need access. Others are simply bowing to what customers seem to want.

A few business executives are old-fashioned, however. They view Thanksgiving as a day when, if at all possible, people ought to be able to spend a quiet day with their families.

To that end, some store owners and managers already have posted signs in their windows and doors: “Closed on Thanksgiving Day.”

Good for them. Many people have no choice about the holidays. For firefighters, law enforcement personnel, hospital employees and many others providing essential services or those that should not be interrupted, Thanksgiving may be a day of wolfing down a few bites of turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce, then getting on with the job.

Business owners who, perhaps sacrificing some holiday season profits to do so, have found ways to allow their employees to spend the day with their families deserve pats on the back. Good for them — and Happy Thanksgiving to all.