The short and sweet answer to your question is a simple "No." At least for myself.
But do you or your readership wonder who we are as a people, as human beings, who cannot put the zeal of storming retail doors to rest for a single day. Not everyone, no, of course not, though enough to make me wonder what propels a great number of Americans to dash off to buy Chinese products at the box stores before the pumpkin pie has cooled. But if hundreds, thousands or millions cannot quell this manic urge to race lemming-like toward the bargain call of merchandisers, then why not keep the lights burning and the low-paid clerks at their registers 365 days a year? Evidence suggests we might very well be headed in this direction.
Can tradition, churches or a pope compete with Madison Avenue? Rather than rekindling a pilgrim myth, or opening a hymnal, there seems to be a new feature in Thanksgiving: Delacroix's lady "Liberty Leading the People" showing us the way to the mall.
We live in a capitalist society; our life-blood is consumption. Bah humbug to an outdated identification when we were once known reasonably as homo sapiens. Under the banner of the retail world we inhabit nowadays, shall we clamor into the mega-stores' light with the spirit of veni, vedi, possedi ("I came, I saw, I bought," with apologies to Julius Caesar.)?
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-- BINK OWEN, Walla Walla