King Soopers and Matt Prater put best foot forward

Mary McFerren Stobie
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If you watched the Broncos vs. the Titans game on Sunday, yousaw Bronco kicker Matt Prater break NFL records by kicking a 64-yard field goal.

Watching the game on television at home, I felt admiration seeing Praterat the top of his game, performing his best with three seconds to go in the first half.

Why do I mention King Soopers in the same column with Matt Prater?I’ll tell you why after I spout off about something. I confess Iwas saddened that on Thanksgiving, many stores — including Target and Kmart — tempted consumers away from their homes with early Black Friday sales.

That showed a lack of respect for families that travel all over the country to gather together, many for joyous reunions. One hopes that Thanksgiving is a time to slow down and savor the smell of a slow-cooked turkey and a fabulous meal with the ones you love. And it is also to remember what you are thankful for.

Historically Thanksgiving was a harvest festival, a time for the pilgrims in Massachusetts to thank God for plentiful crops. President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November as a national holiday, “a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father.”

What a great concept, and how times have changed, not for the better in the area of respect.

So I believe strongly Black Friday should begin on Friday, not Thanksgiving Day, so that employees of Walmart, Target, Kmart, etc. can stay home and be with their loved ones. Also so bargain hunters don’t have to make a choice between celebrating the best holiday of the year and shopping among crowds of strangers, buying “things.”

I opened the Denver Post and saw a full-page letter from King Soopers’ president. The letter thanked King Soopers’ shoppers for their business and wished them a Merry Christmas

May all the stores put their best foot forward next year, as King Soopers is trying to do this year, and as Matt Prater certainly did on Sunday with his 64-yard field goal.

Mary McFerren Stobie can be reached at mry_jeanne@yahoo.storyteller.

, and has had columns published in the Rocky Mountain News, Denver Post and Chicago Tribune. Please contact her with comments at mry_jeanne@yahoo.

It also said King Soopers would close on Christmas Eve at 7 PM and more significantly remain closed on Christmas Day.

I appreciated the letter, and especially the words “closed on Christmas Day.” I wondered if it was a response to the crassness of Kmart, Target, Walmart etc. starting Black Friday earlier than ever on Thanksgiving this year. That’s what I got out of it.

So I think both King Soopers and Matt Prater put their best foot forward in the last few days.

But next year I think next year King Soopers could close at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Shoppers could plan better and finish their food shopping earlier as Christmas Eve is the time many families and individuals go to church, Mass or gather at home. I think 7 p.m. is a bit late to let the employees go home.

And I hope and pray that next Thanksgiving no stores will begin black Friday sales on Thursday. May all the stores put their best foot forward next year, as King Soopers is trying to do this year, and as Matt Prater certainly did on Sunday with his 64-yard field goal.

Mary McFerren Stobie grew up in Golden and lives in Wheat Ridge. She is a storyteller, and has had columns published in the Rocky Mountain News, Denver Post and Chicago Tribune. Please contact her with comments at mry_jeanne@yahoo.

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