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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Editorial: Cheers and Jeers

  • Cheers to flavors of the season and Jeers to giving thanks in a rapid fashion, and then going Christmas shopping
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  • Cheers to...the flavors of the season   
        Eager people line up at their local coffee house for the first of the season pumpkin flavored drink.  It's all they have waited for since the beginning of Fall. Changing of the seasons brings more than just different weather. People are now looking forward to their favorite seasonal drinks, foods, soaps, and air fresheners. Saturday Night Live even has a funny and always inappropriate skit for the craze.    
        Once Fall is over, Winter sets in with its cinnamon and peppermint flavored everything. People flock to the grocery store to load up on specialty candies to get a head start on holiday baking. Fast food chains even adapt to the seasons with specialty drinks and desserts.    
        So, raise your delicious cup of pumpkin caramel nutmeg spice coffee or your peppermint white fudge marshmallow latte and toast to the flavors of the season.
                                                                          – Jess Bengtson
    Jeers...to giving thanks in rapid fashion, and then going Christmas shopping   
        Would you be willing to give up the national day of thanks-- the day where most people will sit down to enjoy a nice, home-cooked meal and eat too much with family and friends – to work? For centuries, Thanksgiving has been reserved as a holiday to give thanks for what you have and enjoy it with the people you care about. Should Thanksgiving, however, be about giving thanks for the things you desire, the things you want, the things you'll soon be receiving?    
        That idea-- the "gimme more gimme more" state of mind – is slowly taking over the nation with stores opening on Thanksgiving day for Christmas shopping-- the next holiday that's over a month away!    
        Fortune 500 companies are battling for the earliest hour in hopes that a time slot will lure people away from their couches and bring them wobbling into their store with Christmas shopping instead of turkey and gravy on their mind.    
        It's not just the consumer that's being targeted. Employees, as well, are being asked to give up harvest day to work at hours that seem to be earlier and earlier. Should people be asked to put their job on the line simply to work on a nationally-reserved holiday?    
    Page 2 of 2 -     Stores and Fortune 500 companies should give thanks for their consumer base that was already large enough with the "day of the past" that was Black Friday instead of trying to entice patrons to come in earlier. Let Thanksgiving be exactly what it's designed to be-- a day to give thanks for what you have instead of what you could have.                                                                             – Torrie Greer

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