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Turn off your television on Thanksgiving

Jason Werling • Nov 26, 2013 at 3:48 PM

This week I was going to write about changes in our commenting section, but I think we talked about that enough last week and there is already an on-going conversation in Matt Westerhold's blog following his column in this past Sunday's paper.

Thank you to everyone who posted suggestions and provided constructive dialogue with last week's blog "What do you want to see at sanduskyregister.com?" We have incorporated a student blog and an investment blog from your suggestions. Changes aren't happening immediately to our comments section, and we will talk more about this in the upcoming months.

Today felt like a good day to talk about shopping and whether or not people should do their shopping on Thanksgiving.

Black Friday is fun. I would volunteer to photograph the long lines and the mass rush through the retail doors each year on the day after Thanksgiving. One year I went out five separate times to photograph and write about the progression of Black Friday shoppers throughout the night and morning.

This year I'm sleeping in.

When I first heard stores were planning on opening up for early shoppers on turkey day I thought "That's horrible, why would they make people work on Thanksgiving? People should stay home and not go to those stores."

And then I thought what I would be doing while 'boycotting' the retail stores, something I do every year after my fill of turkey, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole.

I watch football.

A lot of us watch football.

Yes, professional football players make a lot of money and I don't feel so bad they have to work on Thanksgiving. A couple players even win a turkey leg if they are players-of-the-game in their respective contests.

But there are plenty of people who work at the games and don't make millions of dollars. They take tickets, sell beer, operate the cameras, work security and parking lots.

Is anyone 'boycotting' football as they doze off in their tryptophan-induced sleep? I don't plan on it, bring on the turkey bowls.

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