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Retail Experts: Sorry, But Stores Will Open Even Earlier This Thanksgiving

In 2013, we were scandalized that retailers rolled back their opening times, kicking off the Black Friday festivities as early as 6 A.M. on Thanksgiving Day. Not everyone found this idea horrifying, though, because retailers reported record Thanksgiving weekend sales last year. In their desperation to boost sales somehow by the end of 2014, experts in the industry say that America’s retailers are going to ignore that whole idea of a Thanksgiving holiday again this year. [More]

Now Let’s All Address Stacks Of Thanksgiving Cards

Now Let’s All Address Stacks Of Thanksgiving Cards

Okay, everyone, did you get your Halloween cards addressed two weeks ago like marketers wanted you to? Good! Put those aside for the next seven weeks or so, because it’s time for your next occasion that requires cards: Thanksgiving. [More]

Plan Your Thanksgiving Centerpiece Before Labor Day

Plan Your Thanksgiving Centerpiece Before Labor Day

I feel conflicted. On the one hand, the gradual creep of the beginning of “fall” means that we get Pumpkin Spice Lattes before Labor Day, and…well, that’s pretty much the only advantage I can think of, but I like lattes. Stores have to fill shelves with something now that back-to-school season is over in most of the country, but it’s still August. That is far too early to be thinking about Thanksgiving decorations. [More]

Pizza Hut Wants To Hire Back Manager Who Refused To Work Thanksgiving

Pizza Hut Wants To Hire Back Manager Who Refused To Work Thanksgiving

Earlier this week, a Pizza Hut manager in Indiana was all over the news for taking a stand against his bosses’ demand to open the restaurant on Thanksgiving — and losing his job in the process. Now the folks at Pizza Hut HQ are finally talking about the subject and say it was all a big misunderstanding. [More]

A Whole Bunch Of Stuff To Make With Your Inevitable Thanksgiving Leftovers

A Whole Bunch Of Stuff To Make With Your Inevitable Thanksgiving Leftovers

Unless you are celebrating Thanksgiving with a group of ravenous piranhas, you’ll likely have food left over from your Turkey Day feast. Sure, you can spend the next week making delicious turkey and stuffing sandwiches, but there’s a lot of variety to be had from those ingredients stored in plastic containers in your fridge. [More]

Sears Hometown Store Owner Refuses To Open On Thanksgiving Day

Sears Hometown Store Owner Refuses To Open On Thanksgiving Day

A Sears Hometown franchise owner is standing up to her corporate overlords and refusing to open on Thanksgiving. Opening their doors at 6 A.M. on Black Friday? Sure. No Brown Thursday at her store, though.  [More]

Pizza Hut Manager Walks Away From Job Rather Than Open On Thanksgiving

Pizza Hut Manager Walks Away From Job Rather Than Open On Thanksgiving

A 10-year employee of Pizza Hut claims he was given no choice but to leave his job when faced with the company’s demand that the restaurant open on Thanksgiving. [More]

Retailers Try To Win Over Employees Who Work This Thanksgiving

Retailers Try To Win Over Employees Who Work This Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving barrier has been breached by retailers, and the previously untouchable holiday is now just another day on which to have a big sale. In an attempt to win over employees who may not be too thrilled about having to eat Thanksgiving dinner at noon so they can make it to work on time, some stores are providing perks to workers who sacrifice their Turkey Day in the name of doorbuster deals. [More]

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Don’t want to spend Thanksgiving weekend watching football with cousin Sally or you can only listen to your brother’s new Tuvan throat singing album a few dozen times before it starts to sound repetitive? Then it’s time to take your phone/tablet/laptop/Omnitool into the room that used to be yours before your mom turned it into her office/photography lab, and binge-watch your way through the weekend. Thankfully, the good people at AVclub.com have put together this handy list of older TV shows that will help you pass the time. [AVclub.com]

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Harvesting Cranberries For Your Thanksgiving Sauce Is “Kind Of A Fun Job”

Perhaps you think cranberry sauce is somehow grown in a can and plops out just when you need it for Thanksgiving dinner. Or maybe some kind of berry fairy goes along picking cranberries from a bush and leaves them on the doorstep when it’s time to make the sauce. Only one of those things are true. Okay, neither is. Cranberries have a backstory and it doesn’t start in a can or on a bush. [More]

Miserable? Someone else is too.

Because you can’t turn a corner on the Internet or TV news without someone telling you how awful the holiday travel will be this year due to the horrendous, scary and otherwise inconvenient weather, it can be a bit of a bummer to be at an airport right about now. But you aren’t alone — your travel misery can have company by way of FlightAware’s MiseryMap, which combines weather and airport delays to get the complete, miserable picture. [FlightAware]

Butterball CEO: No, Our Turkeys Are Not Full Of Butter

Butterball CEO: No, Our Turkeys Are Not Full Of Butter

Earlier today, we looked at the creation stories of more than a dozen famous company names, but we didn’t mention the curious moniker of the turkey company whose name has become closely associated with Thanksgiving. [More]

Black Thursday Is No Big Deal In These Three States — Because It’s Illegal

Black Thursday Is No Big Deal In These Three States — Because It’s Illegal

Twas the night of Thanksgiving and no shoppers were stirring, not even Neighbor Bob who is always up to something. At least, they won’t be in three states where Black Thursday is actually against the law. In Rhode Island, Maine and Massachusetts, most big stores are barred from opening on Thanksgiving day. [More]

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Of Course Someone Trademarked “Thanksgivukkah” Before You Thought Of It

It’s not going to happen again ever in our lifetimes (or likely for thousands of years, for that matter) so the forward-thinking woman who trademarked the term “Thanksgivukkah” a year ago had better milk it for all it’s worth. And also yes, we know you’re sad you didn’t think to trademark it ourselves, considering that everyone seems to be talking about Hanukkah coinciding with turkey day this year. [More]

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Airlines Relaxing Change-Fee Policies Ahead Of Impending No Good, Very Bad Weather

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a bit squirrelly over here on the East Coast wondering about my flight home tomorrow to the Good Land (yes, Milwaukee, Wayne’s World fans, and no, I’ve never heard that one before), in light of the harbingers of doom at various weather services. One bright spot — many of the major airlines are already announcing relaxed change-fee policies for fliers inconvenienced by the coming bad weather. [More]

Mall Restaurants Open On Thanksgiving Because Someone’s Got To Feed The Hungry Shoppers

Mall Restaurants Open On Thanksgiving Because Someone’s Got To Feed The Hungry Shoppers

There’s nothing worse than a rumble in your stomach while you’re trying to focus on the hard task of shopping Black Friday or Thanksgiving sales. Maybe you left that plate of turkey and stuffing to get cold and congealed on the table in favor of scoring the best deals. Since many mall stores will be open on earlier on Thanksgiving this year, so will plenty of food court restaurants. [More]

4 Reasons Why Today Should Have Been Black Friday (And Why That Could Have Saved Thanksgiving)

4 Reasons Why Today Should Have Been Black Friday (And Why That Could Have Saved Thanksgiving)

There is a lot of talk these days about the growing number stores opening on Thanksgiving day this year, effectively turning Black Friday into Black Thursday. There are employees threatening strikes and people starting petitions while stores are opening as early as 6 a.m. on the morning of Turkey Day. But maybe it all could have been avoided if they had just moved the big shopping day up a week. [More]

Butterball Doesn’t Know Why Its Fresh Turkeys Aren’t Getting Big This Year

Butterball Doesn’t Know Why Its Fresh Turkeys Aren’t Getting Big This Year

When you’re a big-name turkey titan like Butterball and use phrases like “plump and juicy” on your packaging, it’s problematic when your birds don’t grow to the heft you expect in time for Thanksgiving. That’s why the folks at Butterball are looking into this year’s flock of skinnier than usual turkeys. [More]