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Black Thursday?

November 27, 2013
AMY WITSCHEY - Editor ( , Wetzel Chronicle

I love to shop. I always have.

I love Black Friday. One of my sisters and I?have made the annual trip for years.

I know some people think anyone who shops on that day is insane. We think it's fun. In fact, I think the people who only see the craziness of the day have indeed only seen it on the news. In person, I have found the day to generally include happy people-ones enjoying the joy of the season and the thrill of the hunt.

But I don't think I have heard of a single person express joy about the fact that "Black Friday" sales are now beginning on Thursday-Thanksgiving.

It is a very sad, sad state of affairs if you ask me. It is sad for the employees who must work on the Thanksgiving holiday. It is a death blow to family fun that extends beyond the traditional meal. It is even a strike against the fun of looking at the newspaper inserts and seeing what is on sale in a familial, communal way. My family and I enjoy hearing each other say what we would like for Christmas, prompted by the sales. Conversely, sometimes it is good to hear what they don't want-save yourself from giving the unwanted.

To me the dining room table at Thanksgiving should be filled with sale fliers-after the meal is completed and the dishes are removed.

Now even the advent of online advertisements of "sneak peaks" to Black Friday have dulled that thrill to some extent.

The joy is waning and I fear it could disappear completely, along with Thanksgiving.

If you ask me, the shift, if the American people follow the almighty dollar, does indeed change the title to Black Thursday. Not because it's a different day, but because the title of black will no longer refer to businesses turning a profit on that day, but casting a sad, somber, death to Thanksgiving.



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