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Hoping area families truly enjoy Thanksgiving time

Posted on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 4:44 pm

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

This Thursday, area residents will be taking the time to reunite with their loved ones in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday.
In this busy world of hectic schedules, it gives all of us a time to take a deep breath away from work, reconnect with loved ones, and a chance to stuff our faces with great food we normally don’t get the chance to eat.
Thanksgiving gives us a chance to be still and recognize the blessings that God has given us. Life is too short. I encourage all of our readers to take the time and hug their loved ones this Thanksgiving. We all should be grateful for every second we have the opportunity to spend with one another. We never know when God will call any of us home.
Unfortunately, retailers have taken another step into pushing materialism ahead of family when many decided to begin offering Black Friday savings on Thanksgiving.  So instead of visiting with family and either playing board games or watching football (in which this year is featured by a matchup with my Baltimore Ravens vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers), many families will likely be leaving one another to ensure they get the most prized items for the Christmas season. They do this in order to get the best deals, normally offered early Friday morning.
According to Susan Reimer of the Baltimore Sun, Wal-Mart, Macy’s, and Target entertained 35 million shoppers on Thanksgiving Day last year. This resulted in their sales falling on Black Friday by nearly 2 percent for the first time since 2008. Fortunately, some major retailers like Home Depot, Marshalls, T.J. Maxx, Costco, and Nordstrom will remain closed on Thursday. I just loved Reimer’s quote on the day in a piece she recently wrote called “Thanks for not shopping.”
She said “I don’t want to be the kind of person who can’t stop shopping for a single day. The kind of person who can’t stop shopping even on a sacred holiday. A holiday when we give thanks for the things we already have. A day when we might well be ashamed to be grasping for more.”
She concludes by saying she doesn’t want to be the kind of person who shops on Thanksgiving and wants others to join her. I couldn’t have said it any better myself.