In these days of anxiety and alienation, Thanksgiving offers the warm embrace of inclusiveness. Particularly for many people with families and faiths rooted in other lands, no other holiday, not even the Fourth of July, has so great a capacity to make them feel American. ... Thanksgiving's origins are also Christian. But it has evolved into something both secular and spiritual, a day devoted to family and amity.
--In these days of anxiety and alienation
For whom? The New York Times editorial staff? Sounds like projection.
#3 BS people only say it because they're supposed to, not because it's anything more than a day to eat too much, watch football instead of work and force other people to work after so they can buy more cheap foreign made s -- they don't need.
In short, it's become a celebration of consumerism and nothing else. Unless, of course, you've been to a Thanksgiving celebration lately that isn't an over abundance of everything...
I saw it.
It's too ingrained in you thinking to see otherwise. To you, thankfulness is wastefulness by having in excess, whether it be food or stuff.
Thanksgiving is different things to different people. For most people I know it is a set-aside holiday for spending with family and close friends. Not just mom, dad, bro/sis. But even extended family. The cooking, shopping, etc, are mainly just excuses disguised as traditions to have the party. And there ain't nothing wrong with that.
The cooking, shopping, etc, are mainly just excuses disguised as traditions...
Shopping is the new tradition. Wait for Monday... the weekend shopping numbers will be big bellwether news for the economy.
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