A few years ago, shady talk show host (and creepy womanizer) Bill O’Reilly reported on the “War on Christmas,” a fabricated chronicle pushed to politicize holiday greetings and decorations. He based his slanted misrepresentation on two actual societal battles, the War on National Candy Corn Day, a real manifestation of the oppression faced by the candy corn culture every year, and the War on Thanksgetting, a public crusade to make Thanksgiving a true day of thanks and caring versus a day to kick off the passion and greed of the shopping season.
Emmett Lee Dickinson (Emily Dickinson’s third cousin, twice removed – at her request) was the first to coin the term “Thanksgetting.” He recognized the significance and economic impact of a flourishing and frantic shopping and spending season so he advocated a shift from a “holiday season” to a “shopping season” of “giving” AND “getting.”
In the twentieth century, though, those who emphasized a giving of thanks at the end of November convinced retailers to close up shop on Thanksgiving Day. Only recently have mega-stores and giant corporations returned to a spirit of materialism and self-indulgence. However, some are still pressuring stores to remain dark during the day of Thanksgiving.
We are proud to announce, though, that a host of stores will open on Thanksgiving evening in historic Washerst, PA, the birthplace of Emmett Lee Dickinson. Some of the businesses with door-buster bargains include the following: