I know, I know. It’s hip to be counter-culture and anti-establishment nowadays. But it seems like one thing that’s persisting is this Thanksgiving thing where we teach our kids to be thankful and gracious one day out of the year. And now that it’s over, there’s nary a whisper of being thankful about things. We’re onto bigger and better things, like the pursuit of the “perfect” (read: expensive, but bought on discount) gift.
As time has gone on, we’ve learned the not-incredible truth about Thanksgiving; the holiday’s based on a half-truth legend, and not an amazing one for race relations. Euro-dudes stormed New England, raped and killed the Native Americans, and then sat down to one nice dinner with them to learn how to farm. Then, of course, more raping and killing. Nowadays, Native Americans have got to love seeing stuff about Thanksgiving on television, as we get all pompous and self-righteously thankful.
But that’s like, all in the past. [Insert Awkward Silence]
These days, how do we usually show thanks in our own families? Typically, an uninspired, generic statement at Thanksgiving dinner, like “I’m thankful for my family – and all of you guys!” Sigh.
I wanted to wait for the aftermath that is Black Friday to post this article…
It seems that Walmart continues to remain the reigning champion of biggest Black Friday Schmucks For Crowd Control and Organization – one location with a huge problem this year was right in our back yard of Porter Ranch, CA. See the video below/after the jump.
Last year, Allrecipes.com member, blogger, and New Jersey native Doug Matthews wrote a great article titled “Respect the Bird” which expresses concern of the heavy focus on Christmas sales during Thanksgiving, taking away from American families’ ability to fully savor and enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday. Allrecipes.com has followed up Doug’s article this year with an email to all of its members with a gentle reminder – even so far as asking people to take a pledge to Respect the Bird.
8BitDad seyz: RESPECT THE MUTHA F*CKIN BIRD!
This week’s Podcast Question of the Week is about Thanksgiving:
Do your kids help with Thanksgiving Dinner?
Some kids are interested in cooking. Others are good with crafts. Some …