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Leave Thanksgiving alone

November 21, 2013 - Brian Rowell
Whatever happened to Thanksgiving? It almost seems like there’s some vast conspiracy out there to wipe the fourth Thursday of November off the face of the calendar. Off course, I’m talking about the how the Christmas holiday has steadily crept into and tried to overtake the annual day of giving thanks over the years. There seems to be no fiercer attack on Turkey Day than this year. Last year, some retailers broke the Black Friday tradition of kicking off the Christmas shopping season. Instead of waiting until the early morning hours the day after Thanksgiving to starts holiday sales, some stores started them on Thanksgiving Day itself. This year, it seems like the flood gates have opened. A multitude of stores will be open at various times on Thanksgiving Day to start the holiday shopping season — sort of a Black Thursday I guess. I realize how vital the holiday shopping season is for retailers. It will often determine whether red or black ink will be used to record the company’s efforts. It’s vital for the economy as a whole as well — and there’s much room for improvement there. But let’s not try to obscure Thanksgiving in the process. Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday that should be spent with family and friends and to take some time to realize just how many things there are to be thankful for in your life. The football and turkey are great, too. This year, take time to celebrate Thanksgiving for a day before turning your thoughts to Christmas. Don’t let the yuletide season bump off Thanksgiving. Who knows, Halloween could be next victim.


Article Comments

Dec-23-13 10:55 PM

Not that I do not agree with Mr. Rowell in this circumstance, but he seems (when he does publish) to write negative things...ok I recall one non-negative one in the last year in this section from him. Maybe the reason for not being a regular contributor to this section is negativity? Also, maybe a new phot would help.


Nov-22-13 7:20 AM

Personally, I don't care who, what, why, when or where others enjoy their holiday.. what they buy, where they buy it, how often or late they indulge. I realize the shop owners 'need' to compete to make a buck, so it's been 'understandable'.. if not 'acceptable' to watch them "DO THEIR THING".. they don't CONTROL the Holidays... simply practice them in their own way.. and often that way ticks folks like Brian off.. Sorry Brian, the Holidays aren't just for YOU, or ME.. Less whining and more Celebration might cheer you up.. try it!

Although, I do pine for the days when the Holidays came further apart, if for nothing more that they are so wonderful I wish to keep them on longer and longer as I have gotten older and older..

Merry Christmas!!


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