Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, aka the Democrat who became a Republican to try to run for Governor, takes Thanksgiving very seriously. Which is why he's proposing a law that would force stores over 7,500 square feet—wink wink, Kmart and Wal-Mart—to close between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving next year. Why? So employees can spend time with their families.

Levy told Newsday, "Thanksgiving is a traditional American holiday that is uniquely distinguished as a family day. Certain stores do not recognize some employees' need to take time off from work, so this legislation is designed to help preserve an aspect of Thanksgiving that makes it such a special, bonding occasion." However, the law, which is based on a 2003 Maine law, wouldn't cover supermarkets, theaters or (Chinese) restaurants.

Levy says that with more stores staying open on Thanksgiving day, it forces smaller stores to open, too, in order to keep up. However, a spokesman for Sears (which owns Kmart) told the paper, "This is the 19th year that Kmart will be open on Thanksgiving. We have continued to listen to our customers who have told us they want the opportunity to start holiday shopping early after they finish their Thanksgiving dinner, or to have a place to pick up last-minute items forgotten to make meals special. However, we decline to comment on the possible legislation until we are able to review it."