Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Thankful? Then Shopping

My son just sent me a note to say that the infamous Black Friday shopping extravaganza is beginning even earlier this year. WalMart stores will be open at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day to kick off the chaotic holiday shopping season.

8 p.m.? That's so early that most of the dishes won't even be rinsed and washed from the feast and will there even be time to enjoy some pumpkin pie?

I wonder. 

I doubt that it will be too long before the stores are open 365 days a year, with no holidays off for any of the employees.

I think maybe we all should put our foot down and say that this one day, Thanksgiving Day -- possibly the best holiday of all because it's about gratitude and sharing with loved ones -- is off limits to commercialism.

I can't help but think that spending time with family and friends or seeking out old friends who are home for the holiday should be the main activities Thanksgiving night, not waiting in long lines at the big box stores.

But maybe this is a Boomer thing and I am way out of touch. Won't be the first time!

Have a wonderful holiday. Wishing you good times with your friends and family.

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