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Awake by lunchtime.

Call us a wet blanket, but we don't like Black Friday.

Oh, we like the day after Thanksgiving, we like it very much.

We particularly like lunch on this day. A sandwich of stuffing, cranberry sauce, thick slices of turkey, and a dab of mayonnaise, is quite possibly the true meaning of this holiday.

In any case, we suspect that standing in lines shopping for TVs or toys or 10-dollar stocking stuffers tends to siphon off some of the simple joys of family, food, and togetherness that Thanksgiving brings. It's fun for some, but the rest of us just don't get it.

We've got tryptophan to digest, guests to chat up, pie to cut into, and a great deal of post-holiday sleeping to accomplish.

We might be persuaded to take in a movie -- maybe. We might even go to one, two stores, lured by one, two deals. But at 6 a.m.? Doubtful.

Heavy-duty shopping, enjoyable as it is, and good as the bargains may be, beckons us later, in late December.

There's time ahead for the hurly-burly part of the holidays. The day after Thanksgiving, to us, is just Friday, and for that we are grateful.
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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
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Date:Nov 29, 2013
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