The old question about which came first, the chicken or the egg, could be applied to the earlier starting hours for the holiday shopping season. Retailers say it is shoppers' demand that makes them open earlier, with many stores now opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Shoppers who are in search of the best bargains for high ticket items could argue that the stores set the hours and the early bird prices, which forces the shoppers to head to the stores earlier and earlier.
Whatever the reason, we know Thanksgiving will come first on Thursday for most people.
We want to give a special mention to the many volunteers with the New Ulm Community Friends, who celebrate the day in a special way, preparing and serving a community Thanksgiving dinner for anyone who wants to come and eat with them on Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in New Ulm. In the past several years, the group has served over 1,000 people each Thanksgiving Day. It's a meal for anyone, especially those who might otherwise be alone on the holiday.
The meal will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Mary's. We think it is a great wayto celebrate the holiday in which we give thanks for all we have, before we start thinking about what we're going to buy.