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November 24, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Thanksgiving is for eating, not shopping

When I heard that more retail stores plan to open on Thanksgiving this year, I felt dismayed that shopping was tainting the purity of one of my favorite holidays.

Then I remembered I live in a nation of consumers and that Americans vote more with their dollars than they do at the ballot box.

Retailers began experimenting with Thanksgiving Day shopping a few years ago with stores like Macy’s, JC Penney, Best Buy and Target launching Black Friday sales a day early. The experiment is now a full-fledged trend, but of course, not all shoppers or merchants are joining in – many are outraged.

Shoppers at Best Buy in Northgate Mall in Seattle on Thanksgiving evening in 2013. (Marcus Yam/The Seattle Times)

Shoppers at Best Buy in Northgate Mall in Seattle on Thanksgiving evening in 2013. (Marcus Yam/The Seattle Times)

Instead of enjoying turkey and all the dressings with their loved ones, some people will be forced to work next Thursday. And what about those helpless shoppers who can’t resist a good deal? Are greedy retail companies taking advantage of them?


Comments | Topics: black friday, Nordstrom, shopping

November 28, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Please do give thanks on Thanksgiving Day

Happy Thanksgiving. (Artwork by William Brown)

Happy Thanksgiving.
(Artwork by William Brown/Op Art)

Take a moment this Thanksgiving Day 2013 to pause and acknowledge those things – great and small – that resonate in your life. Most of us never slow down long enough to do that humble bit of accounting.

Please use the comment space to share what you are thankful for.

The Pilgrims in 1621 celebrated a good harvest. Previous years had brought all manner of natural disasters and hardships. They recognized an opportunity to enjoy and be grateful for a change of fortune.


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November 27, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Readers give Thanksgiving Day shopping mixed reviews

In a Monday Opinion Northwest blog post, we asked readers to share their thoughts about some retailers opening their doors to consumers on Thanksgiving Day.

Below is an edited sampling of their nuanced responses.

Read on. Have a safe holiday weekend.

(Cartoon by Chan Lowe / Sun Sentinel)

(Cartoon by Chan Lowe / Sun Sentinel)

Thanksgiving Day is not a day to shop

No way. It is a day for families and friends to come together. Respect families enough to close the stores and eateries and give it a rest for 24 hours, for goodness sake. Can we please retain some respect for something other than the almighty dollar in this country? For just one day? Please?

— Dot Thiessen, Kent


Comments | Topics: black friday, christmas, shopping

November 26, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Do you plan to shop Thanksgiving Day?

I love to shop, but not on Thanksgiving.

This day should be reserved for family, friends, food and reflection. Watching some of my own family members sift through advertisements over dessert last year sort of made me cringe, but at least we were all together.

Now comes the news (reported in this Seattle Times story) that area big-box retailers are opening as early as 6 a.m. on Thursday. Yeah, I’m worried a few people I know (and I love them no matter what) will brave the cold after dinner in order to get in line and grab the best deal possible on the latest gadget or game console.

(Op-Art by Paul Tong)

(Op Art by Paul Tong)

But here are three reasons everyone should stay at the table for pumpkin pie:


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