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Letter: Stores shouldn't open on holiday

People crowd the first floor of Macy's department

People crowd the first floor of Macy's department store as they open at midnight in New York to start the stores' Black Friday shopping weekend. (Nov. 23, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

Shame on all the stores that plan to open on Thanksgiving night, and shame on all the shoppers who support them ["Market smart over fewer shopping days," Business, Nov. 4].

What has happened to our wonderful Thanksgiving traditions? Why do people leave family and friends, or get up in the middle of the night, to get the best deal? Have we, as a society, become so crazed with purchasing the perfect present that we are taking for granted the presence of our loved ones?

If everyone stayed home, the corporations would get the message.

Mary Calabria, Seaford