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Financial Times (April 3)

2021/ 04/ 05 by jd in Global News

“Trading by amateur US investors has ebbed as popular bets stumble and vaccine programmes prompt consumers to focus on holidays and big purchases rather than have-a-go market speculation.”


Washington Post (December 28)

2020/ 12/ 29 by jd in Global News

“Despite weeks of increases in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, U.S. air travel hit a pandemic record this weekend as Americans crisscrossed the country for the holidays — a sign, some public health experts warn, that yet another surge could be on the horizon.”


Wall Street Journal (December 25)

2015/ 12/ 25 by jd in Global News

“A long time ago in a country far, far away, America had less of everything and holidays were easier and more modest.” And more memorable. “These memories came with a declared or implied, ‘We didn’t have much, but . . .’ And this was said not with resentment or self pity but a kind of pride and wistfulness.”


USA Today (November 23)

2014/ 11/ 23 by jd in Global News

“Thanksgiving used to be one of the few holidays retail workers could count on,” but in recent years more retailers have opened their doors to get a jump on sales. “No one needs to be able to buy a big-screen TV on Thanksgiving.” Consumers can wait until Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) when the Christmas sales traditionally commence. Americans should “spend Thanksgiving Day at home — not shopping — so retail workers can be at home, too.”


U.S. News & World Report (November 26, 2013)

2013/ 11/ 28 by jd in Global News

“It is truly disgraceful to ruin the holidays of so many retail workers by requiring them to deal with shoppers–especially cranky, crazed discount shoppers–on a day when they should be relaxing and enjoying football and a big meal.” Traditionally, U.S. consumers celebrate a relaxing Thanksgiving on Thursday, and shop like mad the next day when stores reopen on “Black Friday.” This year, however, many stores are opening on Thanksgiving. “The only way to stop the madness is to kill it off from the other end, and boycott any kind of shopping on Thanksgiving Day…. If no one buys, they won’t try this offensive stunt again next year.”