You know, I have noticed in the recent years that Thanksgiving is becoming an irrelevant holiday in consumer America. I went into a simple Walgreens in my neighborhood (one I frequently visited all my life) and there was a point in time were Thanksgiving decorations used to be put up the day immediately after Halloween. This year I went into Walgreens and several other stores that used decorations in the past. None of them had decorations for Thanksgiving and this was a day or two after Halloween. Instead it seems that Christmas and black Friday shit hit the shelves immediately after. Thanksgiving a day to me is not about Indians and pilgrims but in a black family a day to see my family and eat with each other, drink, and be merry. To me it serves as a purpose to gather with my clan and blood and talk and bond. Its sad, but I feel Thanksgiving is being phased out completely. As a new father I am afraid my daughter wont know that excitement that I experienced smelling food throughout my parents house as we cleaned meticulously in preparation for about 30-40ppl to get crammed in my house and congregate. Since I was a child we had a decent number of boys to girls in our family and the whiney girls would stay inside and we boys would go out back in our huge backyard and literally clown for hours. Til the point we had to get chased down to eat. Now however I've heard more about "Black Friday" instead of Thanksgiving on Thanksgiving day at that. People worried about making a sale that truthfully is just a mark down to the lowest pricepoint to were the store actually pays. Yeah sales are created to make us feel like saving. The illusion works but its not real (hard to explain) . So yesterday I decided while I was at work to see how many customers visited our store on Thanksgiving. ( I work at a movie rental store everything's one day rent so its easy to track people systematically if they don't want to tell you) If the customer was a regular and they had Thanksgiving day activity on their account. I simply asked how their T-day was and if they had noticed how places no.longer formally celebrate Thanksgiving day. Out of 10 PEOPLE I heard 6 say that their Thanksgiving day was spent preparing for black friday. They ate dinner but their main focus was on a corporate built holiday that drives us into a zombie like frenzy over slashed down goods. This behavior is insane and I feel I watched it build ridiculously over the past 18 years as a 25 year old. My question is how do you blades feel about this change of Thanksgiving as a simple "large-dinner-before-we-go-mindlessly-spend-a-shitton-of-money-on-things-we-know-will-be-no-good-in-a-year-day"? I feel like the illusion works we lower prices so people can buy love at a decent price because God knows their family will hate them if they can't buy that toy little Cody/Javier/De'angelo wants, because he might grow to an axe murderer over a bad Christmas. I don't get it.