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Letters: Thanksgiving as a shopping day? No!

November 20, 2012
  • Bargain-hungry shoppers like these at a toy store in Torrance last year help drive holiday sales.
Bargain-hungry shoppers like these at a toy store in Torrance last year… (Los Angeles Times )

Re “Black Friday survival guide,” Business, Nov. 17

Although some would say we've already gone off the spiritual cliff, a sure way to do that is to let the retailers redefine our national day of Thanksgiving by opening earlier and earlier. It's not Thankshopping or Thanksgetting Day. It's one day a year for people of all faiths, or no faith at all, to stop and give thanks. It's a day for families to be together and everyone to have some time to pause and ponder the blessings of life.

I'm all for pursuing happiness and making a buck, but is it asking too much for consumers and retailers to wait until midnight to avoid carving and slicing up what this day was created to be?

John Saville

Corona

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