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For me, Thanksgiving is always a working holiday. My house is full, with kids and grandkids sleeping over for the week. My Thursday morning actually starts the day before, let’s call it Wild Wednesday, with last-minute food shopping, preparation of the turkey, cutting of the vegetables, creating the side dishes, assembling the cakes and pies, setting the table and getting out the good dishes.

On the day itself, I get up early, put the turkey in the oven and begin all the work that will end when I finally sit down and put my feet up about 9 p.m. It really is an extraordinary effort, but the rewards are great in all the incalculable ways. We beam our smiles around the table and offer toasts and count our blessings and cherish the moment, which we know is fleeting and fragile.

The very idea of someone jumping up from the table to grab a Black Friday bargain offends me. For one day, can’t we set aside commerce and embrace the better angels of our nature?

Copyright © 2013 Randi Kreiss. Randi can be reached at randik3@aol.com.


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Kudos to you Randi Kreiss. I similarly sent off a letter regarding this NEW Heinous tradition but my letter was not printed.

It was titled " A Holiday for Retail" and I am going to post it here. I truly hope you are not insulted but I do believe this is an important issue. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Enjoy the day together to give Thanks.

My Letter: A Holiday for Retail"

How terrible that corporate greed prevents our retail workers from spending some precious time with family on Holidays. To open stores on Thanksgiving, and other major holidays is a travesty. This is one of America’s Holidays and to prevent mainstream America from enjoying it is indeed a sad reflection on today’s values. What are we teaching the youth of America when we do not allow even a day of reflection to give thanks for our great country? Is it that important to shop 24/7 days a week? These stores can provide the same sales on Black Friday, which, by the way, I have never shopped on.

When will this end? The erosion of family is taking it’s toll on society in increased crime, drug use, and single parent households. America, it is time for a wakeup call. Please consider the poor workers who have to endure this travesty. Is saving a couple of dollars going to make or break you? Tell corporate America “NO MORE”.

Eileen Metz

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