When is a holiday not a holiday?  When you have to work and can’t spend it with your loved ones.

The Grinch is now trying to steal Thanksgiving and it won’t be much of a holiday for an unprecedented amount of people.

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I’m not talking about police, firemen, airport workers, doctors, nurses or even news people who provide essential services to the community.

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Black Friday shopping insanity is now starting Thursday.  Stores are opening on Thanksgiving day itself, others at midnight, ruining the holiday for hundreds of thousands of workers.

A petition with almost two hundred thousand signatures asked Target to save Thanksgiving and not open when midnight strikes.  But Target and other retailers say they’re trying to stay competitive in a tough economy and that customers want to start shopping right after eating their turkey, instead of waking up early on Friday.

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The easy solution to save Thanksgiving is for you, me and everybody else to not go shopping tomorrow.  But, it’s hard to pass up the great deals.  So, sadly, I suspect the Grinch is winning and that, in the future, this great American holiday won’t be much of a holiday for a lot more workers.