Thursday, November 23, 2017

What America Celebrates on Thanksgiving

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.

Comments

It's a celebration of gluttony. Everything else is rationalization and window dressing.

#1 | Posted by jpw at 2017-11-23 11:45 PM

It's a celebration of gluttony.

Eating and shopping do seem to be the main themes.

#2 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-11-23 11:48 PM

#1-#2

It is what you make it. Your choice.

#3 | Posted by gavaster at 2017-11-24 01:38 AM

--In these days of anxiety and alienation

For whom? The New York Times editorial staff? Sounds like projection.

#4 | Posted by nullifidian at 2017-11-24 08:33 AM

#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...

#5 | Posted by jpw at 2017-11-24 11:41 AM

It's America's very own "Holy Day", I once heard.

#6 | Posted by shane at 2017-11-24 12:13 PM

#5 - JPW

See #3.

#7 | Posted by gavaster at 2017-11-24 12:30 PM

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.

#8 | Posted by jpw at 2017-11-24 01:19 PM

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.

#9 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2017-11-25 12:10 AM

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.

#10 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-11-25 03:00 AM

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