Thanks to ALL Who Worked this Holiday!

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  1. righteousdude2

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    For those who signed a petition in support of the few employees who were opposed to having to work on this Thanksgiving Day, let me take a moment to count the number of unselfish men and women all over this nation and world do not give a second thought to having to work on this or any other holiday.

    Let me preface this by saying that as a member of the armed forces in the Viet Nam's era, each holiday had a melancholy sense to it, as I missed my family and the gatherings, I remembered so vividly as a young person. Still, I sucked it up, and punched the clock of my employer, and went to work knowing it was my place at that particular time in my life.

    So, while I salute the men and women in the armed forces, fighting for our freedom all around this world [while working this holiday], I also salute the men and women of law enforcement; the firefighters; doctors, nurses and hospital staff keeping our hospitals and clinics running for those with health needs; those who must work to keep infrastructure and utilities operational; airline pilots and staff; train and bus staff; farmers; restaurant employees; grocery store employees; veterinarians and staff; taxi drivers; theater personnel; amusement park employees; fast food employees; government employees monitoring our cyber security and the skies we fly; foster parents and care home employees; inner-city rescue mission staff; television news teams; rest home employees, and in truth there re probably a ton more of folks I didn't include, so if I missed you, I apologize.

    If you have to work on a holiday for those who don't, I extend a BIG heartfelt "THANK YOU!" You folks are special, outstanding in your field of service to this country and mankind in general! :thumbs:
     
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    I believe the proper response to the OP is AMEN.
     
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    Another AMEN
     
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    Even after 18 years it still seems strange that life goes on as usual here while we do Thanksgiving.

    I do know when we left very few people had to work on the day. Always felt bad for those who did.
     
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    Yes it is sad for those who have to work. Some are very necessary, i.e. nurses, emergency room physicians, EMTs, etc. But for others it is not, i.e. store clerks.

    Commercialism has simply taken another good holiday and turned it into another day to try to sell material things to folk.

    Why can we not have a holiday, such as Thanksgiving or Christmas that is not just another commercial event for so many?
     
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    Sometimes I long for the days of blue laws. Especially when I talk to someone who has to work Sunday mornings for commercial employers.

    I remember the days of blue laws. And, when stores, in this area, stayed closed on Sunday for a long time after the blue laws went away. Sunday used to be a time of worship, a time of rest, and time for friends and family. "Shop till you drop" changed much of that, and so much more. :tear: Growing credit card debt is just one example.
     
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    Japan has an imitation "Thanks for Labor" Thanksgiving Day on Friday (today), but it's just not the same.
     
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    Actually...

    ...Christmas is not as commercialized as Thanksgiving is becoming, because the selling of gifts is now over and done with. The only way the greedy business owners can ruin Christmas Day is to allow those who don't like the gift they opened under the tree that morning, to exchange that afternoon before or after the family dinner.

    Now watch some big-box store grab my idea off this post and start doing it next, and the blame for this greedy act will fall upon my family name forever. :laugh:

    We all know that the truth surrounding these big-box stores opening earlier each year is GREED! And I told my life, that it may not be too far off in the future where all big-box stores will be open for business as usual on Thanksgiving Day. And while it is somewhat despicable, it is the power of the buck that drives any capitalistic empire. :tear:

    Still, there are tons of folks ho have to work on holidays, and it has less to do with greed and more to do with keeping society running as usual to make the rest of us comfortable and able to enjoy the special days. :thumbs:
     
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    I agree w/RD2 110%, but, IMHO there needs 2 B another, VERY special group of people who ought 2 B placed @ the very TOP of each & every one's "Thank You List" here in BB Land:

    The "Front-Line Soldiers in GOD's Army":




























































    Each & Every One of HIS Called & Sent Missionaries who are serving Him in Foreign Lands!


























    :thumbsup: :applause:
     
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    Thanks....

    ....I never considered putting the church and myself in that catagorey, which is why I wanted others, such as you, to addd those I missed! :applause::applause::applause:
     
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    Thanks....

    ....I never considered putting the church and myself in that catagorey, which is why I wanted others, such as you, to addd those I missed! :applause::applause::applause:
     
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    Thanks for that. It is much appreciated. But I, at least, don't feel any more front line than any faithful servant who is serving back there.

    And we still do Thanksgiving, but use the evening for an open house outreach and share desserts and tea.
     
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    All glory to God.

    It is these holidays that make us think of home the most. Patty and I were remembering those great Thanksgiving meals growing up in the homeland. But then there was that great day after we had been in Japan for a few years when they started selling turkeys in the Japanese grocery stores around this time of year! Yippee!
     
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    Can you get turkey over there?
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    I know it is worse there, but we have paid up to $50 for a turkey for Thanksgiving. Thankfully now Aldi is about 500 metres away and we an get frozen turkeys there for about $12 each, but need to buy two. Still - what a blessing.
     
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    Two turkeys, huh? What a blessing indeed!

    But I've known missionary couples like that--two turkeys. :smilewinkgrin:
     
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    Most of our family is still here. We had 18 (including a couple of friends) here Thursday, then about 3 dozen more called by in the evening for dessert and tea.

    Aldi's turkeys are only about 4kg so we had to buy two and one of the daughters-in-law also brought a turkey crown.

    Our Irish friends love that we do Thanksgiving and look forward to the dessert every year. It has opened a lot of doors for us.
     
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    18! That's really neat. We really enjoyed Thanksgiving and Christmas with our son last year and of course will great miss him this year.

    The Japanese "Thanksgiving" is not a big deal to them, just another day off work--no feast or special customs. But we had a good time across town Tuesday with our other BWMers here, the Zs.
     
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    I'd like to hear more about how you do this. Perhaps in another thread.

    Since our extended family get-together is at Christmas, as a rule our Thanksgiving Day is a quiet, stay at home, one. Sharing "desserts and tea" sounds like something we could do here, as well.
     
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    Very good post. All my life it seems there have been those who felt people should not work on Sunday, then, they will turn right around and go out to eat after church. They are all over the place to this day, just like flies at a picnic, they do not go away.

    We take for granted those behind the scenes. You mentioned most of them, military, police, fire fighters, medical personnel, etc...oh yes, and those who staff the pharmacies.

    You come up with some positive threads that most other do not think about.
     

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