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Thanksgiving Bounty Hunter Advice: Focus on Tradition

November 22, 2011

BOISE, Idaho - Black Friday sales are beginning earlier each year, with several retailers in Idaho offering the sales on Thanksgiving Day.

With tight budgets, many shoppers need deals to stretch holiday shopping dollars, says Wickes McColl, a teacher and grants manager for the Idaho Children's Trust Fund. However, she says, the push to get consumers into stores earlier and earlier can eat into family traditions. When thinking about what's best for children, she says, family time should come first.

"Strong families come from building together within the walls of our house, our apartment or our neighborhood. Here's a time that we can really do that."

The retail season is important for a community's economic health, McColl says, but it shouldn't come at a cost to family health. Retail employees also miss out on family time.

"Think of the Sunday newspaper - and I love the newspapers. We have pages and pages of deals that we can go to the stores to buy. Just think if we had pages and pages on how we could grow strong families."

McColl offers these family tradition suggestions:

  • Cook together.

  • Share recipes with neighbors.

  • Create centerpieces.

  • When young children get a little stir-crazy, head outdoors for backyard football or a walk in a park.

    Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - ID