To my fellow Americans, Happy Thanksgiving :)- and to my friends/readers outside of the U.S., I hope you all have a wonderful day as well- no matter who you are or where you live, we all have something to be thankful for. The wise person is always thankful and doesn't wait to appreciate it, but nevertheless, we have a holiday for it.
In America, this is the busiest travel season, right at Thanksgiving/the weekend of. The day after Thanksgiving is called "Black Friday" and on Black Friday there are huge sales, in stores, online -if it's American made or distributed, you can pretty much bet it will be on sale. While I frown on materialism, this weekend is helpful and important as a stimulator for the economy. This long holiday weekend kicks off the holiday shopping season, which I am at odds with you could say. Yes, it's important to stimulate the economy but the timing is what I'm more at odds with....
Christmas Shopping. As a religious person and practicing Christian, I see Christmas for what it is, the birth of Jesus Christ. Gift giving on Christmas is a symbolic gesture and very MINOR part of the holiday. Leave it to materialistic people the world over to focus on that instead. There's nothing wrong with getting something on sale and saving some money. People look for sales all year and they don't all the sudden become wrong this time of year, -it's just not celebrating Christmas- so many people will go and spend money they don't have with the plastic and go into debt with the excuse "I really wanted my kids to have a good Christmas" I usually explode about this point :) Yeah, that's really good- nothing religious ever gets brought up about the religious holiday (whether you're Christian or not, you should know what you're celebrating), but what you did manage to teach them is it's o.k. to create debt all in the name of materialism and greed. Call me crazy but those aren't desirable characteristics.
People cook large feasts on Thanksgiving and usually have family and friends over. (Symbolic feast like the feast the Native Americans/Settlers had together on the original Thanksgiving Feast). Turkey is pretty symbolic with Thanksgiving but not everyone uses turkeys. I know me and my mother would cook at least one day early- things like pies can be done the day before for example. It's also a tradition to watch Football (NFL), there will be a couple games in the afternoon. Growing up, my father would go out and (still)hunt super early that morning until about midday and sometimes we could add some fresh venison to the Thanksgiving feast. I'd help him gut it/dismember/clean it and take whatever my mother would prepare in the kitchen, and some of it was held for a trip to the butcher's. Many people also put up their Christmas trees this weekend, others wait until early December (not too far off).
Anyhow, this is a small taste of what goes on. Varies with people of course. *With all the food/family/friends/football, don't forget the Thankful part :)Happy Thanksgiving To All :)
(*P.S.- for those who don't know what 'still hunters' are- they're hunters who can actually hunt- and don't need/don't use dogs to find a deer and chase it in front of them. Only still hunters have my respect. The deer my father shot never knew what hit them, one minute they're looking around or slowly walking by -next thing they're in Deer Heaven lol,- I just mean, they didn't suffer- my father was a sniper among other things when he was in the military (over achiever) and carried over his 'one shot, one kill' into his hunting, with both bows and firearms.).