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Santa vs. Thanksgiving
  1. Known as Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving has for decades been one of the biggest shopping days in the U.S., with huge sales to kick off the holiday season. But this year, many retailers plan to open as early as 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. What is Santa eating in the cartoon, and why?
  2. What’s ironic about what he’s saying?
  3. What point is the cartoonist trying to make about retailers and holiday shopping in the U.S.? Do you agree or disagree?
  4. Critics say the early sales are threatening a traditional holiday that’s meant to be spent with family. Do you agree or disagree? Why or why not?
  5. Three states—Massachusetts, Maine, and Rhode Island—have laws that ban stores from opening on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day. Do you think that’s a good policy, or should retailers be allowed to decide for themselves? Explain.