Letters to the editor for Nov. 29

Where did Thanksgiving go?

Today I learned Thanksgiving has a new name. From now on it will be called "Gray Thursday." Now we have Gray Thursday, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber-Monday. Maybe Christmas should be called "Let's Give Chinese Junk to Each Other Day."

People camped out for a week in front of Best Buy to get a deal. I wouldn't camp out for a week on the sidewalk if they were giving the stuff away. And that's what it is, just stuff. I read where people were pulling guns on each other, sending little kids to duck under adults and grab stuff, fighting over telephones. All this for what? - some electronic gadget made in China that will be obsolete in six months, or something else made in some third-world country by virtual slave labor. Plus, I thought people were broke. (They probably are now, or at least when they get their credit card bill.) Folks can't afford health care or groceries, but they can buy $200 telephones.

Every year I hear about the culture war, how atheists and the evil, liberal left are trying to do away with Christmas. All those people charging into Walmart can't be atheists. Some have got to be Christians. I thought Christmas was all about the birth of Jesus Christ, not seeing how much stuff you could buy on sale.

What happened to family time at Thanksgiving? Our family had a great meal and fun being together. Then we went outside and tossed a football around with all the grand kids and nieces and nephews. (I called the next day "Sore Friday.") I support the workers at Walmart, Target and other stores who wanted to be off with their families instead of facing the thundering herds of shoppers on Thursday.

What's Christmas going to be like this year? I remember last year it fell on Sunday, and many churches closed. The Savior's birthday, and churches close? Give me a break.

Remember something else, Christmas morning is for kids. Adults, instead of giving useless junk to each other, why not donate that money to worthy charities.

Christmas was once so rowdy, it was banned in England and even in the American colonies for awhile. I hope history is not repeating itself. Christmas is not about buying stuff. It's about family, loving each other and, most of all, the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. People talk about change now days. OK, let's change things at Thanksgiving and Christmas back to what they used to be. People will be a whole lot happier and the holidays will be more meaningful.

Harry Thomason