Are Ye Thankful or Are Ye Shopping?

November 22, 2016

Today we discuss Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping. How did Thanksgiving start? Why are so many Americans confused about who the Pilgrims were giving thanks to? When did shopping become such an important part of Thanksgiving?

We start off with a discussion of food—fresh backyard turkeys, bacon stuffed turkeys, and submarine Thanksgiving dinner—and move on to a discussion of extending hospitality and family Thanksgiving traditions.

We also talk about how Thanksgiving has become increasingly commercialized, with stores now opening on Thanksgiving day for Black Friday sales. Nordstrom takes a stand against Thursday shopping and REI encourages customers to skip Black Friday shopping altogether to #optoutside. Progress! But then comes “Cyber Monday” and “Giving Tuesday”…is this consumerism really what the the holiday is about? Is it good for our society, or does it have a negative impact on our family life?

And Shawn explains why he hates Thanksgiving dinner. (Hint: it has to do with the submarine food rotation…)


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Links and Recommendations:

Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation – “a day of public Thanksgiving and Prayer…by acknowledging with grateful hearts…the Almighty God.”

Turn Your Heart Towards Thanksgiving – the article by Mark we posted last week and referenced in the show

#optoutside – search for places to hike with your family


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