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Los Angeles Times (November 23)

2021/ 11/ 25 by jd in Global News

“L.A.’s infamous Thanksgiving traffic gridlock” is “expected to return with vengeance” after taking 2020 off for Covid. “An estimated 3.8 million Southern Californians will be driving to their holiday destinations — up 9% from last year and only 1% less than in 2019, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California.”


San Francisco Chronicle (November 18)

2021/ 11/ 20 by jd in Global News

“Officials are concerned hospitals could be strained this winter as COVID-19 cases increase across the region ahead of Thanksgiving weekend.” In San Francisco infection rates have already “risen sharply in recent weeks…. With people expected to travel, gather with friends and spend more time indoors over the next few weeks… the region could soon head for another surge.”


The Philadelphia Inquirer (December 2)

2020/ 12/ 04 by jd in Global News

“Nearly 37,000 Americans died of COVID-19 in November, the most in any month since the dark early days of the pandemic, engulfing families in grief, filling newspaper obituary pages, and testing the capacity of morgues, funeral homes, and hospitals.” As field hospitals are reopened and mobile morgues prepared, “health officials fear the crisis will be even worse in coming weeks, after many Americans ignored pleas to stay home over Thanksgiving.”


San Francisco Chronicle (November 24)

2020/ 11/ 26 by jd in Global News

“Deaths from COVID-19 have started to increase statewide, a harbinger of what could be a deadly holiday season if cases spike as expected from Thanksgiving get-togethers…. With the holiday still a few days away, California reported a record 20,282 cases on Monday.” The “astonishingly high” number dwarves the previous record of 13,412 cases set one week ago.


USA Today (November 22)

2020/ 11/ 23 by jd in Global News

“The coronavirus pandemic is spreading out of control: More than 256,000 people have died in the USA, schools are closed and the nation set records of infections multiple times over the past week. That has prompted people to rethink their Thanksgiving plans, many choosing to eat a meal known for community and family alone.”


Los Angeles Times (November 25)

2014/ 11/ 27 by jd in Global News

“Retailers are waging a war on Thanksgiving.” This “traditional day of family gatherings and relaxation is dying at the hands of those who can’t wait even six hours to reach into our pockets in order to line their own.” More and more retailers are opening earlier and earlier on Thanksgiving. They “seem to feel Thanksgiving is just an inconvenient speed bump on the road to Christmas profits.”


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.”


Washington Post (November 22)

2012/ 11/ 24 by jd in Global News

Until, 1939, Thanksgiving was observed on the last Thursday in November. By moving it up to November 23, the fourth Thursday, from November 30, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s goal was to help retailers benefit from a longer shopping season. The move set off years of arguing over when the real Thanksgiving should be held. “Today, Thanksgiving is a settled issue, its observance cemented in place by goodwill, consensus and the National Football League’s scheduling department….. There are many factions in America, as always, but only one Thanksgiving, and it is neither Democratic nor Republican — a state of affairs for which all can be thankful.”


Time (November 19)

2012/ 11/ 20 by jd in Global News

Thanksgiving Day falls on the fourth Thursday in November in the U.S. The following day is traditionally known as “Black Friday” because the accounts of many retailers move from red ink to black ink as they reach profitability for the year. To maximize revenues, Black Friday sales have been creeping up, with stores opening earlier and earlier. Now many are opening on Thanksgiving Day, creating a “new class divide:” those who do and don’t work on Thanksgiving. “Perhaps it’s time for shopping moratoriums so that everyone can give thanks, instead of just those who have more to be thankful for.”