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Old 11-25-2008, 08:32 PM   #1
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Working on Thanksgiving

Just had to make quick trip to Wal Mart and wished the cashier happy Thanksgiving. Her response, I'll be here! She has to work cause the store is open. Does anyone remember if it was open last year too? Don't you feel in some way our values are getting lost? I know we need money but our families are getting forgotten.

My folks went through the Depression time and I do always recall they told me they still continued to attend church.

Just my point of view.

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Old 11-25-2008, 08:37 PM   #2
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As we've done for the last 23 Thanksgivings, our business will be open til about 4pm on Thursday. We're normally open til 9pm weekdays.
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Old 11-25-2008, 08:41 PM   #3
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First of all let me tell you one thing, I'd trade with her on any day. No cooking, no cleaning no pretending that I like the stuff some of the guests might bring. Just go to work, get paid holiday rate, or even regular pay instead of loosing money I'd be making money. You may say that I am crazy and have no values, allow me to disagree. I thank G-d the moment I open my eyes. The first thing out of my mouth is blessing to G-d and I do not stop thru out the day. And with the last blessing I close my eyes. Making a special day to thank G-d once a year, in my eyes is wrong.
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Old 11-25-2008, 10:01 PM   #4
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I'd be willing to work on Thanksgiving. Since I don't do anything the other 364 days, what the heck!!
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I don't think it's a matter of values... I think people do what they have to do to survive in the world the way it is today.
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Old 11-25-2008, 10:07 PM   #6
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I am working the day before and the day after Thanksgiving. But I will say an extra special 'Thanks' on Thanksgiving.
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Old 11-25-2008, 10:52 PM   #7
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I don't think it's a matter of values... I think people do what they have to do to survive in the world the way it is today.
Amen to that!
Where there's a will there's a way, you make time for both.
My SIL is a nurse's asistant working her way thru college. She has to work Thanksgiving at 3. So we eat at 1. Families make time.

I'd work awhile if we were open. Putting food in my kids' mouths is just as important as a Holiday with them.
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Old 11-26-2008, 07:04 AM   #8
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The value I was referring to, is being grateful. I know a person doesn't have to stay home to do that but being together as a family was a sure sign of appreciation. However, I have to confess with shame that since our mother passed away my family don't get together like they used to. Maybe because there are too many of us that we can't like we once did.

Personally, I often wonder if the days we used to think were 'special' will still be in time to come. I do hope so as these are the special memories I still have. Just won't forget having turkey on Thanksgiving only one day out of year. Today, we eat turkey all through the year.

CharlieD, I respect your discipline. Thanks for sharing. I feel same way and continue to realize more and more how thankful I should be.

Happy Thanksgiving.
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Old 11-26-2008, 07:32 AM   #9
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Corporate greed keeps retail open on what are traditionally, family gathering holidays. I can see gas stations, pharmacy or convenience stores being open, but the desire for increased corporate profits through special promotions on these days, just serve to separate families (shoppers and workers) on days when they could be spending time together with family and friends.
I really miss the "Blue Laws" from when i was a kid. Dad made sure the car tank was filled before the holiday, and Mom made sure she had everything she needed for the holiday meal. They PLANNED for the day, not REACTED to the day. Does anyone remember when Sunday was a family day, and not a day to get the shopping done? Am I just showing my age and tripping down memory lane here?
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Old 11-26-2008, 08:47 AM   #10
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Corporate greed keeps retail open on what are traditionally, family gathering holidays. I can see gas stations, pharmacy or convenience stores being open, but the desire for increased corporate profits through special promotions on these days, just serve to separate families (shoppers and workers) on days when they could be spending time together with family and friends.
I really miss the "Blue Laws" from when i was a kid. Dad made sure the car tank was filled before the holiday, and Mom made sure she had everything she needed for the holiday meal. They PLANNED for the day, not REACTED to the day. Does anyone remember when Sunday was a family day, and not a day to get the shopping done? Am I just showing my age and tripping down memory lane here?
Only a little bit I think most stores should be closed on holidays, too, but since most women are working now, we need Sundays for shopping and doing other errands that can't be done during the week.
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