Stores in his area will likely open at midnight on Thanksgiving, said Steve Renford of Windham, N.H. He winces at the notion of abandoning all restrictions.
“It’s getting to the point where there will be no such thing as a holiday for some people,” he said.
In an emergency, he said, desperate shoppers can always turn to the 7-Eleven.
Renford knows about missing Thanksgiving. He recalled working for foreign companies, in Israel and Holland, spending the day on the job. “Thanksgiving was nothing for them.”
But he was able, sometimes, to round up a group of expatriates, fellow Americans, and arrange a feast. On such occasions, the holiday takes on an added importance. In a foreign land, there’s little more satisfying than a day of quiet reflection and a taste of home.