Get holiday priorities straight

Whew! Another Christmas in the memory books, and now onward to 2013.
Jan 3, 2013


Time goes by so fast. Because we put so much emphasis into preparing for Christmas, do we really appreciate this special time with family and friends?

For the very organized, preparing for Christmas begins the day after Christmas as they hit stores looking for drastically reduced holiday merchandise. 

For most, however, it begins the day after Thanksgiving as shoppers hit the stores in the wee hours of the morning; or, in some cases, Thanksgiving night to make those special purchases. 

Over the years, some have even made it a family tradition to get in line and create even more memories as they wait for stores to open.

For shoppers, maybe it’s the anticipation of the upcoming holiday that motivates them. Maybe it’s the special sales that create all the craziness.

What most of us forget about, though, is that if someone is shopping, someone else is working — which probably means being away from family and friends at a time when family and friends should be the No. 1 priority. 

It’s understandable that, in some lines of work, it just can’t be avoided. But do we really need to shop on Thanksgiving night? Or until 10 p.m. Christmas Eve, like one major retailer was advertising this year?

Is your purchase really that important? 

We think not.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung and Fred VandenBrand. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.


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