I must correct something. Thanksgiving is NOT the last Thursday in November. It is the FOURTH Thursday in November. If the month starts on the Wednesday or Thursday, it will not be the last Thursday.
I was driving home last night from my sister-in-law's house in Washington DC. It was quite late when we got to our house (about 3 hours away). At 11 pm, Best Buy (a big-box store) was open, and people were lined up outside Kohls, a department, and traffic was streaming into Target, a discount deparmtent store. Unbelieavable. People are nuts.