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“Last year, I got upset because I had 25 people here for Thanksgiving dinner, and at 8 p.m. the whole family left to wait in line at Best Buy. I thought it was ridiculous. Why would you leave your family to go stand in line and buy things?” — Veronica Lynagh of Columbus, Ohio, as quoted in today's New York Times.

“They’re going to start this on Veterans Day if they keep going." – Denny Johnson of Burnsville, Minn., also quoted in today's Times.


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Nov. 26th, 2012 04:00 am (UTC)
I've heard Black Friday is decadent and depraved.
Nov. 26th, 2012 04:14 am (UTC)
No doubt about it.

Nov. 26th, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
If I ever get asked to reschedule Thanksgiving because someone wants to go shopping, they will get a lecture they aren't likely to forget soon.
Nov. 26th, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
Or you could just tell them to (bleep) off.
Nov. 26th, 2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
Well, it would be my family, so that probably wouldn't be a good idea. Actually, they know better than to ask for a postponement of dinner due to Black Friday, since I've made my feelings about that well known.
Nov. 26th, 2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
Now merchants are talking about a "Black Weekend," which would include the Thanksgiving night openers. I would not be surprised to see that idea surface next year.

Nov. 26th, 2012 11:03 pm (UTC)

I like presents, you know; it's not that I'm totally opposed to giving presents. It's the unadulterated greed that I find fault with. I look around my house and see so much stuff, and I'm trying to rid myself of it slowly by recycling and reselling. I don't need more, or if I do, I'd rather buy it myself. If someone wants to give me a present, give me something that will be used: candles, wine, perfume, food, not something that will just take up room until it is moved into the garage-sale pile.

My husband has a word for items with built-in obsolescence: wall-bangers. I call them future garage-sale items. A lot of the "as seen on TV" items fall under those names.
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