So reports the Charlotte Observer. Which is to say that Thanksgiving, once the second most important holiday, is increasing becoming just a speed burp in the holiday shopping madness. Sad.

Bonus thought: Alexandra Petri of the Washington Post as a pretty amusing column out on the ever expanding Christmas shopping season. A highlight:

Is it any wonder there’s a war on Christmas? Christmas is a territorial aggressor.

No wonder people are irate that you’re erecting a Nativity scene in the town square. You’re erecting it there on Nov. 5th! We’ve barely recovered from the election! Maybe there would not be such a war on Christmas if Christmas had not invaded Thanksgiving. And this year it was clearly making a play for Halloween. Columbus Day is next. No one even celebrates Columbus Day anymore, so it is unlikely to put up much of a fight.