Monday, November 20, 2006

Thanksgiving -- Wrought with Tradition


Thanksgiving Day -- thanking God for the harvest, gathering with family and friends to enjoy a parade, a feast and football, getting ready for the year's biggest shopping day, but what other traditions does the week encourage?

Thanksgiving eve is more than the night before the big day. Workers look forward to a long weekend and college kids are back in their hometowns for the first time of the fall semester. This results in the somewhat dubious distinction of the busiest night of the year for bars and pubs in the northeast United States. There are web guides to pre-Thanksgiving parties that are a-night-on-the-town variety rather than the comfort and coziness of a visit home.

Friday after Thanksgiving finds much of the US population enjoying a day off of work and preparing for a big gift-giving season. The highest customer traffic day, generally known as Black Friday, also brings out another demographic. Protesters against gross consumerism and materialism refrain from purchasing anything for 24 hours on Buy Nothing Day.

So party and feast and go shopping (or not), but enjoy this vacation week by following your own traditions and maybe starting some new ones.

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3 comments:

AZ said...

Happy Turkey Day Vicki!

I've been reading your posts, but I've been under the weather with a toothache, finally got it taken care of, but I've been taking Vicodin for the pain, and for some reason I can't think or type on pain meds.

I didn't want you to think I'd forgotten you, I've enjoyed reading your posts, you are a fountain for information! Hope you and your extended family have a great Thanksgiving day!

LoveMyTanker said...

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

Vicki said...

AZ, I'm sorry about your toothache especially in this eating and visiting season. It's surprising how such a little thing like a tooth can cause such drastic debilitation. Maybe it's okay now?

As always, thank you for your generous comments.

LMT, thanks. Enjoy the weekend