Kathleen Parker: Thanksgiving commercialism a crime against one of our best founding inventions

Published: Thursday, Nov. 28 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

Even so, one more day, one more tradition reduced to its commercial value and a few dollars saved at the expense of humility and gratitude seems a price too high for the procurement of more stuff.

In the scheme of things, this sense of loss is perhaps undeserving of lamentations, but bowing to commercial greed, especially on our national day of thanks, seems a crime against one of our best founding inventions.

If stores erect a sale, they will come. But stores don't have to. Here's a revolutionary concept: Instead, why not demonstrate gratitude for our nation by urging its people to spend time with their families, surely the most valuable insurance for a stable future.

Profits may take a short holiday, but the reward of living in a culture that values human connection and appreciates, in Washington's words from the proclamation, "the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed" — is beyond measure.

Kathleen Parker's email address is kathleenparker@washpost.com.

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