Yes, Readers, there is indeed a war on Thanksgiving. I’m not referring to that Friendsgiving business. Your guess is as good as mine about what Trump meant.
Now I could get on board with a revised narrative about the Pilgrims, but let’s leave politics aside for now.
The enemy of Thanksgiving is Black Friday. When I was growing up, Black Friday was the Friday after Thanksgiving when Christmas shopping officially began. It was called Black Friday because it was terrible! It was crowded. People pushed, shoved, and injured others to buy stuff. In later years, people died in these stampedes. My friend from Germany told me he heard that Black Friday was called Black Friday because it’s the day when retailers who have been in the red all year finally get into the black. Maybe. But I’ve got some nice swampland in Florida for sale too.
Black Friday is now a global phenomenon. The “Friday after Thanksgiving” is now “celebrated” all over the world, and especially on international online shopping sites. The fact that they don’t even have Thanksgiving is apparently irrelevant.
Israel has Black Friday sales – they spell it in English or spell it phonetically in Hebrew (it’s not actually translated). Now it’s “Black Friday Week”!
We don’t even have Christmas shopping in Israel! No candy canes. No jingle bells. No chestnuts roasting on an open fire. But we have “Black Friday Week”? What kind of grammatical nonsense is that?
I noticed that Chanukah sufganiot (fried donuts) have been on sale in bakeries in Israel for the past couple of weeks. My first thought was: “It’s not even Thanksgiving!”
The other enemy of Thanksgiving is “Christmas creep.” It would be a different matter if “Christmas in July” meant “peace on Earth, goodwill toward men (and women and everyone on the spectrum) all year round.” But it doesn’t. It’s just more shopping.
No. Instead of taking a non-religious festival of giving thanks and making it a global phenomenon of being grateful, the world chose to take the chaotic and dangerous shopping day after as its model.
My lone voice in the wilderness won’t change much. But at least I’m standing up for Thanksgiving.
I think need some online shopping therapy to calm down. Have you seen these sales? Let me just say how truly grateful I am for a 70-85% off sale. And thankfully I still have time. Black Friday Week isn’t over yet.