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Don’t lose sight of family time

Happy Thanksgiving to all, here’s hoping your day is filled with family, fellowship and delicious food.
Thanksgiving is a time to be with friends and family and reflect on the year as it rapidly comes to a close.

For some, it’s a time to peruse the sale ads and plot for shopping domination on Black Friday.

For others, it’s the only time all year they get to see their extended family.

And for most people, it’s a time to be thankful for the many blessings and the victories over difficult struggles throughout the year.

Thanksgiving, like most holidays, has been somewhat exploited over the years and turned into a retail occasion more so than a time for familial bonding.

It’s become an unappreciated stepping-stone on the way to Christmas — the mother of all retail holidays.

I’m all for after Thanksgiving shopping if for no other reason than it is a memorable experience and I think everyone should wake up at a completely unreasonable hour at least once in their life and get out among the masses of crazy shoppers just to see what it’s all about.

However, this year the retail frenzy has gotten a little out of hand.
Stores are opening at 3 a.m., some at midnight and a few are even open on Thanksgiving Day. This is not OK.

Thanksgiving is a time for relaxing with family and enjoying a nice meal together.

It’s a time to volunteer at a shelter or help put on a community meal.

It’s a time to sit back and pray the Cowboys can pull off a win over last year’s Super Bowl champs, the Saints.

It’s even a time to plan out your next-day shopping adventure, but it’s sad to think that there will be people out there not able to see family because they work in a retail establishment that won’t close for this age old holiday.

Thanksgiving is disrespected enough by Christmas-happy people who can’t wait to put up their tree in anticipation — I’m sometimes guilty of this myself.

It should go no further than that.

Leave the shopping for Black Friday and spend today soaking up the family time.

Head out to the front yard and throw around the pigskin or pile around the TV and watch one of the three great NFL match-ups on tap.
Help Mom in the kitchen after a meal she probably started preparing for a few weeks ago.

Be grateful for the blessings and the struggles that were blessings in disguise.

Hug your family and say thank you for a day off to enjoy their company and leave the shopping for another day.

Happy Turkey Day!

Kacy Hibdon is headed north on I-35 to be with family in Oklahoma for Thanksgiving. She is a staff writer for the Ennis Daily News and is available at kacy@ennisdailynews.com.

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