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A Walton’s Family Thanksgiving?

27 Nov

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in the United States as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Thanksgiving has its historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, and has long been celebrated in a secular manner as well…and this year in America…well, this year will mark a very special beginning to the celebration.

For this Thanksgiving we can honor the celebration of our previous harvest and begin the celebration of a new harvest all on the same day because this year department stores will be open for shopping!

Huzzah! Who wants to wait for Black Friday to begin our holiday shopping frenzy when we can blacken Thanksgiving too and begin our greedy holiday grab while the turkey is still hot and steaming in our own gullets of avarice and parsimonious desire?

Yes, Kmart, Wal-Mart, Target, Kohl’s, BestBuy, Toys R Us, Sears, J.C. Penney and even Macy’s! will all open on Thanksgiving day so that those among us who can’t stand 24 straight hours of giving thanks for what we have, without being able to fight through a crowd, stand in a line and pay for more things that we have to have, lest we explode from the shear weight of the wealth oozing from our over stuffed pockets…will have something to do besides watching parades and football, relaxing in the warmth of our extended family’s embrace and conversing with our “loved” ones.

I only place the word love within quotation marks because for those of you who will actually go out and shop at these stores on Thanksgiving day, love is probably a word that you prefer to place alongside your money rather than along side the people in your life because this stuff that you’ll be buying won’t be selling itself. There are going to have to be people in those stores selling all of that crap to those of you who just couldn’t wait until Friday.

And it seems to me that those folks who will be “celebrating” by voluntarily doing the buying will represent the “Haves” among our society while those who will be forced to give up their holiday to do the selling will represent the “Have-Nots” of our society…and really, isn’t that what Thanksgiving is supposed to be all about?

Let’s give thanks to God that I’m not one of them! Right? After all, are there no workhouses? Are there no orphanages?

Sadly, no…but we do have department stores!

So HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all…and to all…PLEASE stay home.


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