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November 17, 2011 - Kathleen Palumbo
I truly hope I’m not alone in my concern over the recent news that numerous stores, many of which have local branches, have decided to “one-up” the already out of control “Black-Friday” hours offered by opening at midnight on Thanksgiving.
THANKSGIVING…you remember it, the nearly “forgotten” holiday meant to bring families together in the spirit of thankfulness – the one that gets shoved aside a few days sooner each year as Christmas decorations have been on retail display for weeks now, and online leaks of Black Friday deals continue to tantalize eager shoppers.
Face it people – the truth is, every single ad you receive from now till Christmas day will read “Biggest Sale of the Year.” Right now, its Thanksgiving time. So hunker down with your families, eat till your hearts content, and by all means, don’t just think about what you’re thankful for…say it.
Tell your family members you love them. Share with your friends how much more meaningful they make your life. Before you know it, Thanksgiving will be over – not because you had to run out to shop…but because like every special day, time flies and you wish it hadn’t.
And while you’re thinking about and expressing to your family and friends how much they mean to you…how about NOT shopping – let the retail giants see that its equally important that those thousands of store employees can be at home with their families doing the same.
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