Looks like a cold Thanksgiving on Thursday.  Overnight lows from Wednesday calls for temperatures in dropping down to about 24 degrees and highs in the upper 40s for the day.

At least the turkey will be warm.  Amy and I plan to have dinner at Blue Ridge Cafe, where for full holiday offerings and proceeds going to charity.

We expect to chow down on bird and ham with good friends and enjoy the day of thanks.

Stuffing ourselves with turkey and more should lead to a good night’s sleep and the dawn of Black Friday, the annual glut of shopping excess that kicks off the Christmas season that many retailers depend on to survive another year.

Those who make their living watching retail trends and predict the demise of what once were the major players in retail say this could well be the last Christmas season for once dominant Sears and discount chain KMart, which is part of the same company now.

Sears is long gone from New River Valley Mall but one remains at Valley View in Roanoke.  KMart closed several locations, including its Christiansburg location and on Franklin Road in Roanoke.

After shuttering more than 350 stores in 2017, the company plans to close 18 more Sears locations and 45 KMarts at the end of January of next year.  The Sears at Valley View is not on the closure list but stores in Lynchburg and Danville are and the company told the Securities & Exchange Commission in March that it has “substantial doubt” about its ability to stay in business longer.

Craftsman, one of Sears’ retail jewels, is now part of Stanley Tools.

So much for bad news as the holiday shopping season remains.  Let’s remember the real reason for Thanksgiving and have a good day on Thursday.

Happy Thanksgiving to our friends and readers.  Have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving.