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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.
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