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December 4, 2013

ROOT: You did it, now deal with it

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — It only happens here because it could only happen here. Only Americans are so insecure in themselves that winning is everything, even if it means physically harming someone just to get an XBox One.

Stop saying that the holidays have become too commercialized, because they haven’t. The holidays have not changed in decades. It is Americans who have changed for the worse.

I remember a day when Black Friday was actually fun. I remember my mom and I standing in the mall waiting for Hills to open so we could get our free Christmas ornament and go Christmas shopping. When the gates opened, there was no pushing and there was no chaos. People filed in and went about their business.

Somewhere along the way, Americans lost their minds and Black Friday has now consumed Thanksgiving. The retailers even have the nerve to now call that holiday “the Thursday before Black Friday.”

My wife and I refuse to go shopping on Thanksgiving. For those of you who say it is no big deal, you are wrong. You have forgotten what Thanksgiving is supposed to be about. It is about family members flying across the country just to be at the table on Thanksgiving Day when dinner is served. It is about seeing those family members and enjoying each other for that one special day.

Now Thanksgiving is all about getting great deals. Why? Because Americans hate to lose.

Why does Christmas have a bad rep in all of this? What did Christmas do to make everyone angry?

It shouldn’t be such a big deal to see a few artificial trees on display in local stores before Halloween. The sight should be welcomed.

Think of how much nicer you are to people during the holidays when you are not elbowing someone’s grandmother to get closer to the pile of cheap microwaves. That is the person you want to be all the time.

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