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Subject: Where Pilgrims Landed, Thanksgiving Is Kept at Table, Not Mall
From: Monty Solomon <[log in to unmask]>
Where Pilgrims Landed, Thanksgiving Is Kept at Table, Not Mall
By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
November 20, 2012
PLYMOUTH, Mass. - Here in the birthplace of Thanksgiving, where the
Pilgrims first gave thanks in 1621 for their harvest and their
survival, some residents are giving thanks this year for something
else: the Colonial-era blue laws that prevent retailers from opening
their doors on the fourth Thursday of November.
While shoppers in the rest of the country will skip out on
Thanksgiving to go to Walmart or Kmart or other big-box stores,
William Wrestling Brewster, whose ancestors arrived on the Mayflower
and participated in that first Thanksgiving, will limit his
activities to enjoying a traditional meal here with his extended
family at his parents' house.
"Thanksgiving is supposed to be about giving thanks for all you
have," said Mr. Brewster, 47, who runs a computer repair business. "I
cringe to think what society is doing to itself," he said of the
mercantile mania that threatens one of the least commercial holidays.
Some of the nation's biggest retailers - Sears, Target and Toys "R"
Us among them - announced this month that they would be moving up
their predawn Black Friday door-buster sales to Thanksgiving Day or
moving up their existing Thanksgiving sales even earlier on Thursday.
Walmart, which has already been open on Thanksgiving for many years,
is advancing its bargain specials to 8 p.m. Thursday from 10 p.m.
But in Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, the stores will sit
dark until the wee hours of Friday. Even Walmart will not open in
Maine until just after midnight Friday or in Massachusetts or Rhode
Island until 1 a.m.