Issue One: Thanksgiving commercialism

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Move the holiday

I would suggest changing the date we celebrate Thanksgiving from the fourth Thursday in November to the second Monday in October, when Canada has Thanksgiving. Consider the weather and the fewer people who are able to fully enjoy the day in November.

The weather is always better in October than it is in late November. I am sure all those people slip-sliding around on the highways trying to reach their destination would agree. There are also all the folks sitting in airports watching the monitors that read “flight delayed” or, worse, “flight canceled.”

If the weather is nicer outside, all the children won’t be screaming at the television or racing around the house. They could go outside and play or even take a walk and enjoy the beautiful colors of fall. In some places, they could even eat Thanksgiving dinner outdoors around a picnic table.

For many, commercialism has destroyed Christmas — and now Thanksgiving because of all those individuals who cannot be with their families due to Black Friday and Black Thursday. The merchants are so concerned that the shopping season is cut short when Thanksgiving falls so near the end of November. Just think, they could start the shopping season after Halloween. Currently, by the first of November, the merchandise is on the shelves and the decorations are going up in the stores. The first weekend in November could be “Black Weekend” with the stores open around the clock, and that would lengthen the holiday shopping season for them.

I sincerely believe we need to restore Thanksgiving for a time of counting our blessings rather than counting our sales slips.

NORENE M. BEATTY
Bethel Park

Shoppers’ rush

In Tony Norman’s Nov. 26 column (“War on Thanksgiving Seems Bigger Threat”), he talked about all the people who have to work on Thanksgiving because the stores decided to open early. It is not all the fault of the stores. It is also all the people who stand in line in the middle of the night and burst through the doors of these stores looking for a “bargain.”

I remember when only drug stores were open a limited time during holidays for emergencies only. Maybe it’s time to go back to that. Everything that we used to do is not necessarily bad.

SHIRLEY KOHN
White Oak

Deep discounts?

If the stores are really giving huge discounts on Black this or that, how is it that in a few days they gleefully announce what huge profits they made on all that junk from China?

DON WALKER
Morningside


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