Pat Kennedy - Your Washington, DC Real Estate Connection


Ah! Thanks for Thanksgiving!

As I was out running Thanksgiving errands today, I had my car radio tuned to our local NPR station, and on the Diane Rehm Show, a group of people were talking about Black Friday, and to my horror, I heard that many of the country's big box stores were planning to be open on Thanksgiving so people could get an early start.


Isn't Thanksgiving a day to spend with the people we love and to eat a lot of turkey and count our many blessings? 

And even more interesting than the guests were the callers.  Some were appalled by the whole thing, others expressed sympathy for the store clerks who would have to work on Thanksgiving, and one woman called to say that her family decided that they would have a Thanksgiving brunch so they could hit the stores early.

OK, so you cut Thanksgiving short so you can run to Walmart and buy a bunch of Chinese plastic junk for the people you love?

I've spent all day getting the house ready and cooking so I can celebrate tomorrow with ten people I love.  And man, if a single one of them cuts out early to hit the mall, I am going to hit the offender!

I am waiting for Saturday, when many small, locally owned retailers are having their day!  Hopefully, I can find some beautiful gifts made by local artisans.  In the meantime, no Thanksgiving brunch for this blogger, or for my friends and family who are joining me to celebrate this day and each other.

Here's wishing my Active Rain family a happy Thanksgiving with lots of wonderful tastes and fun.

Comment balloon 12 commentsPatricia Kennedy • November 21 2012 10:18PM


too much shopping for nothing worth buying.. I am so over it! YAY for thanksgiving with friends and family.. pass the mashed potatoes please. Happy Thanksgiving Pat!

Posted by Janis Borgueta, LIC RE Salesperson (Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ) almost 8 years ago

Thanks to you Patricia for so such Beautiful Post!! I agree Thanksgiving is for being with our family with people we love...

Lol with you, " buy a bunch of Chinese plastic junk"  so funny..



Posted by EMILIA B COOPER, REALTORĀ® SFR.NCHSE.AHWD, Short Sales, Foreclosure & Bank Owned Real Estate (LAROSA REALTY) almost 8 years ago


Well they have been opening Thanksgiving evening for several years here, and it now seems to be a competition to see who can outdo the others in terms of incentives to get folks in the door and opening time. I always think about the employees who have to work.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

I, too, am appalled that Black Friday shopping starts on Thanksgiving. It's ridiculous! Happy Thanksgiving, Pat, and I hope you enjoy your day with your loved ones!

Posted by Rose King, Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area (David Tracy Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

This year I noticed the new wrinkle that some stores want to beat the Black Friday rush.  My question - is it that important?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago
Happy Thnaksgiving Pat. The only Black Friday shoppimg I'm doing is at Lorton Workhouse where the artists have their annual sale and shows.
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 8 years ago

Pat, your attitude is one reason why I keep reading you.  I am a retail survivor having been in it for 25 years prior to real estate and I can't imagine anything more debilitating than being told by your employer that it is work on Thanksgiving or don't work at all.  Bah humbug early.  Have a warm and wonderful time with your guests today.

Posted by Mona Gersky, GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate. (MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC) almost 8 years ago

Good Morning Patricia..........wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 8 years ago

Good Morning Pat, Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) almost 8 years ago

Pat, I am not doing the Black Friday thing. I just don't get into fighting over stuff. But Saturday is a different story. The small businesses need our support.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 8 years ago

Pat ~ Happy Thanksgiving.  It's hard to believe that Black Friday is tomorrow already.  Can't we just enjoy Thanksgiving?

Posted by Dawn A Fabiszak, The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience! (Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado) almost 8 years ago

Hey, thanks for your comments!  My friends and family have just left, and the dishwasher is purring downstairs.  I'm about to fall asleep, and the Redskins might not get beaten by the Cowboys.  That's the way to spend Thanksgiving - at least I think so!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 8 years ago