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Thanksgiving, the holiday that gotten eaten alive. [View all]

Well, once again, local and national stores went straight from Halloween mode to Christmas mode, with nary a break for Thanksgiving. Not surprising, given that Christmas and Halloween are the top two moneymakers when it comes to holiday.

But the sad thing is, Thanksgiving is now getting upstaged to an unofficial holiday, a paen to overblown, over the top over consumption. No longer are we treated to peaceful epiphanies about spending time with family around the Thanksgiving table. Norman Rockwell's iconic depiction of Thanksgiving is as dead as he is.

Nope, now that four day weekend that comes on the third week of November is now dedicated to Black Friday, that day when all good little consumers. . .er citizens that is, are supposed to get up at some god awful hour of the night, trudge down to their local mall or chain store, stand in the freezing cold for hours, all so that they can stampede through the store at a given time like a herd of buffalo heading for the last patch of grass on the prairie.

Hell, now Black Friday is now being pushed back into Thanksgiving itself, with various stores forcing their poor, suffering workers to give up their holiday at home in order to put their lives at risk trying to keep order in a storeful of shoppers hyped on coffee, energy drinks and pure greed. It seems like every year the casualties pile up higher, with store employees, customers, and even small children dying in this free market frenzy. Frankly, the only way this orgy of greed, grabbing and grappling could get worse is if they made it into a reality TV series. Sorry, shouldn't have said that, it will give somebody ideas.

For those of you who are too young, there didn't used to be Black Fridays. Yeah, stores opened the day after Thanksgiving, but the event wasn't labeled Black Friday, and it wasn't hyped to the high heavens. The stores opened at normal times, hell, some didn't even open at all because the owners wanted their employees to enjoy an extra day off. The first time I heard of this shopping day referred to as Black Friday was the early seventies. By the late seventies, it was starting to become an event, complete with coupons and loss leading deals. But it was in the eighties when Black Friday really began to take shape, with stores advertising outrageous deals, early opening hours, and lines stretching to the back of the parking lot.

Most of us laughed at such a spectacle back then, preferring to sleep late instead, and then get up to have a leisurely breakfast of left over pumpkin pie and coffee. Nobody that I knew could fathom the attraction that standing in the cold for hours then shopping non-stop for even longer held for anybody.

But now it seems that it is de regueur for good little consumers to participate in the feeding frenzy of consumption. In fact one's patriotism is even questioned if your don't participate. It is just simply bizarre how a once normal, laid back day is now supposed to be devoted to excessive consumption and hysteria bordering, even crossing over into violence.

Meanwhile, Thanksgiving has been downplayed throughout. Yeah, we all know it is a day to eat, even overeat. But I predict that in a few decades, it will be almost completely forgotten, crowded out by those days that are for more profitable, Halloween, Christmas, and yes, Black Friday.

A sad statement about our society. I for one won't be participating in the annual homage to excess, just like every other year. Instead, I'll be a late riser, and grab some pumpkin pie and coffee for breakfast, the only true way that Black Friday should be observed.

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