We are officially in the best part of the year. Today, the turkeys are in the oven, there is football, parades, friends and family. And along with the holiday season, Friday, traditionally known as Black Friday, kicks of the countdown until Christmas.
Over the last decade, a lot has changed as far as shopping goes. You can order everything online — yes, even toilet paper.
But there is still nothing like going out and hitting the stores as part of holiday shopping. For many families, there is the tradition of going to visit Santa to get a photo. There is the memory of walking down the sidewalk with bags in hands and stopping to get a bite for lunch with mom.
There is the pure excitement little kids get every time they see the huge toy displays and glorious decorations. There can be stress with taking the children out to the stores for the holidays, but there is value in them picking out their own presents for grandma and grandpa and siblings.
This year, several major stores are closing or have closed: Kmart on Douglas Avenue in Caledonia, ShopKo on Washington Avenue in Racine, Bed Bath and Beyond on Highway 31 in Racine, to name a few.
That comes on top of last year’s major closures of Toys ‘R’ Us on Highway 31 and Boston Store at Regency Mall.
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Things are not the same as they were a decade or two decades ago. But the memories that are made today when families go out and shop are just as meaningful.
Taking a modern spin on the famous quote from “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Every time an Amazon Prime button is clicked, a store closes its door.
This holiday season, get out of your house. Check out the stores. And, if you are wondering what to get Aunt Sally or Uncle John, check out all the ads in our giant Thanksgiving paper.
Sit back, eat some turkey and then game plan a few stores to hit Friday or in the next few weeks before Christmas.
No one person can prevent a store from closing, but if everyone together goes out and supports one local store, it does make a difference.
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Black Friday.