Saying Thanks & Black Friday

Saying Thanks & Black Friday

Saying Thanks & Black Friday plus Food Forethought. I'm Greg Martin with today's Northwest Report.

Today is Thanksgiving which is an American holiday and is also celebrated in Canada only in October. There are so many traditions built around the holiday it would be hard to strip away all that and get back to the origins. Suffice it to say it is a time when we all get together over a meal and say thanks for all the positive things we have. But it really doesn't matter if it's a roast turkey or a can of beans the point is...just say thanks.

And of course after Thanksgiving comes Black Friday and then Cyber Monday as the holiday shopping season comes roaring in. If you have plans on going out bargain hunting there are some tips you might want to consider before hand. The Washington State Attorney General's office recommends bringing the ad with you to make sure you get the right price for the right item. As id the store charges a restocking fee just in case and make sure you know what the return policy is. Use a credit card when possible and check the receipt for accuracy. Finally they suggest you get a gift receipt and make sure you hang on to all receipts and it might not be a bad idea to wear protective gear.

Now with today's Food Forethought, here's Lacy Gray.

A good friend who is originally from England once told me that, while she doesn't celebrate a lot of the holidays over here that we do, she really gets into Thanksgiving. When I asked her why it was that particular American holiday she chose to immerse herself into she first and foremost said that Thanksgiving is about just that, giving thanks. She's right. While not a strictly religious holiday, we can be thankful that in America we are free to thank whomever we choose, be it God, Allah, Buddha, the Great Spirit, or merely the farmers who worked hard to grow and harvest the bounty found on numerous dinner tables across the nation today. Thanksgiving is also about family, a word that has gone beyond the 1950's picture perfect nuclear definition, and now signifies love and commitment shared by people in often complex household structures. And perhaps that is after all what we should be the most thankful for, our nation's ability to embrace a diverse collection of cultures, traditions, and beliefs that have helped form one of the greatest countries in the world. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Thanks Lacy. That's today's Northwest Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network.

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