Both traditions use prayer, gathering of family, and special foods to celebrate the miraculous providence of God to sustain a struggling community in a context of colonial oppression. Reflecting on how they differ may also help us overcome the ugly connotations of Thanksgiving.
This week, the time devoted to giving thanks for all that we have became a little shorter, and the time devoted to accumulating more stuff grew longer, with the shopping orgy known as Black Friday (a name that seems more apt every year) getting started on Thanksgiving itself. At Macy's, the traditional parade balloons were followed by armed police watching as impatient shoppers, corralled within barricades, waited to get into the company's flagship store. Black Friday brought a slew of bargains coast to coast -- along with shootings, stabbings, various assaults and the trending hashtag #WalmartFights. How did a holiday meant to celebrate what's best in us come to be hijacked by a consumerist frenzy that increasingly showcases our worst impulses? Perhaps next year, between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we can officially shoehorn in Reflection Sunday.
When you think of generic images of women on Thanksgiving you likely picture families eating dinner, watching football and
"That big-hearted generosity is a central part of our American character," Obama said. "We believe in lending a hand to folks
This Thanksgiving, in addition to the turkey and the stuffing, millions of Americans will also bring their gratitude to the
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What gives? Our resident Daily Refried psychologist says it's a rather straightforward answer.
As you all spend your Thanksgiving with your families and loved ones, I am being victimized by greed, the greed of those people who insist on denying me my TV and instead choose to stay at home and eat rather than scan my giant box and swipe my card.
What has been the Sikh and Muslim communities' fight for years was joined by Gap and CNN. What had been a lament in temples and at dinner tables for years made it to social and mainstream media on the eve of Thanksgiving.
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