The evolution of Thanksgiving Day and the day after:
The Pilgrims, befriended by native peoples feast together and give thanks.
Thanksgiving becomes a national holiday, a "high feast day" of our common American civil religion.
People of many religious traditions give thanks to God in diverse ways in a pluralistic culture.
Thanksgiving evolves into T-Day, Turkey-Day for feasting with family.
The feasting moves toward football and nap, except for those who do the dishes.
Thanksgiving Day merely the prelude to a higher holy day of Black Friday, initiating the season when retailers depend upon shoppers to move them into the black on the balance sheet.
Black Friday begins earlier and earlier, some stores open at 4:00 a.m.
The mission is to shop, buy, and participate in conspicuous consumption.
Although Black Friday is for the purpose of people buying gifts for others for the religious holidays to come, over 50%, perhaps as high as 73% of sales are for "self-gifting."
Two days are devoted to over-indulgance.
The economic crisis of 2008 causes people to re-assess the common American creed of "In debt we trust."
Stores needing to have a good Black Friday in 2009, provide a "convenience" for shoppers, many opening Thanksgiving Day afternoon.
Stores put out a list of safety guidelines to keep people from being hurt, or killed in the dangers of the day, including how to move toward a safe aisle, and to remain standing upright if a stampede begins,
Where do we go next?
For what and to whom do we give thanks?
A New York based StoryCorps, associated with National Public Radio suggests an alternative: a National Day of Listening, a time to listen to the stories of relatives and friends and to record them to share. To whom did you listen on November 27?