This year, the National Retail Federation predicts stores will make $465.6 billion dollars in holiday sales alone. Obviously the holidays mean lots of dough for most businesses, but where does that leave Thanksgiving, a day that some say has become the forgotten holiday?
Strolling through the grocery store, most items sit in their normal spots, gravy, stuffing, and perhaps a few more turkeys than usual. Meredith Adams says that may be your only clue that Thanksgiving is just three weeks away.
"There's really no Thanksgiving in the store this year," Adams says.
For her family, Thanksgiving is a major holiday.
"It's kind of a big deal in my family. We make really good food, and every single person is there," Adams explains.
But she wonders is she the only one who cares?
"They just skipped Thanksgiving this year...It's getting a little crazy," Adams says.
"They want Christmas early, and I think that's what they've come to expect," says Retail Operations Manager of Cargo Largo, John Belshe.
"It just comes back to filling needs of our customers," Belshe adds.
Aaron Daniels says he loves Thanksgiving , but he loves Christmas more.
"They both sort of go together really. Thanksgiving kinda gets you ready for the Christmas," Daniels says.
Shopping early for the holiday sounds like a smart move to him.
"The best deal when you can and convenience, and you don't wait until the last minute," Daniels says, explaining his early shopping strategy.
While Meredith Adams thinks Christmas is killing Thanksgiving in the stores, she says, "No matter what Hallmark does, it definitely is still existing."
Thanksgiving is still alive in most hearts and stomachs.