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December 7, 2013

Shopping could be the death of family Thanksgivings

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“Run,” she said. “Run for your life. Go. Now!”

(I am not making this up.) I grabbed the cat food and headed to the checkout where I apologized to the clerk that she had to be working on the holiday and that I didn’t want to be part of the reason and was anxious to leave. She said I was safe until 6 p.m. It was 10 minutes till.

I did go Black Friday shopping at Menards — but not at the crack of dawn. They happened to have two of the things my granddaughter asked for at half off. I figured if they were gone when I got there I wasn’t supposed to have them. I got all of the sale deals I was hoping to get.

I appreciated the note on their sale flier that they considered Thanksgiving a family holiday and as such, were allowing their employees to be with family.

About family, gratitude

So, here’s my issue with the whole Thanksgiving Day store opening thing. It is a family holiday and one for giving thanks to our Lord for our blessings. So many days have been taken away from employees as days off and especially retail employees who will be working their behinds off the next few weeks. Why not allow them that one day of rest before the rush?

I’ve heard the arguments: The guys are watching football or napping, why not go shopping? Not everyone has family nearby or at all and this gives them something to do.

Like our only activity is shopping? A person can’t read a book, peruse a magazine or watch a movie?

If they want the company of others there are places that offer free meals and fellowship.

It’s been reported that there are six less days of Christmas shopping this year. Really? Have the stores been closed until now blocking our ability to shop? What a tragedy. Six less days. It’s not like we spend every day shopping anyway.

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