The calendar has turned the page to the first of November, and that can only mean one thing: there’s another holiday looming on the horizon. I’m thinking of Black Friday, of course. The Thanksgiving holiday isn’t officially dead, but it’s been on life support for some time now. Many Americans still manage to squeeze in a turkey dinner before heading to the mall, but most of us have long since abandoned any idea of a Thanksgiving season, an extended period in which to anticipate the holiday, reflect on its significance, and live out its meaning. I’m convinced that our lives are the poorer for it, and I think some of you agree. So while Amazon.com and other shapers of American values conduct their “countdown to Black Friday,” I’ll be conducting my own countdown to Thanksgiving (now better known as Black Friday Eve). I think we have much to learn from the true story of the First Thanksgiving, and a great deal to learn as well from how that story has been remembered, imagined, and manipulated.
Tell your friends.