Can We Finally Get Rid of Black Friday?

Is it possible for Americans to make a holiday less commercialized? A recent Some Ecards summed up Black Friday, the shopping bonanza that comes right after Thanksgiving: “Black Friday: Because only in America, people trample each other for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what we already have.” When I was growing up, Black Friday … Continued


This Thanksgiving, Pass the Gratitude and Hold the Politics

During a recent White House press briefing, Press Secretary Josh Earnest suggested that gun control would make a great topic of conversation for families gathered for dinner this Thanksgiving: “As people sitting around the Thanksgiving table talking about these issues, as they should and I’m sure they will all across the country, I hope that’s … Continued

Culture, Politics

Enough with the Hashtag Gratitude

Are you ready for it? Not the turkey. Not the Beaujolais. Not the wacky uncle. No, not any of these Thanksgiving traditions. Are you ready for the coming onslaught of hashtag gratitude flooding your newsfeed, your Instagram, your life? Maybe you’ve already noticed it, as the entire month of November has now become an extended … Continued

Celebrities, Culture

Why I’m Grateful for the NYPD this Thanksgiving

At 10:35 a.m. I made the switch from the 1 train to the B at Columbus Circle. At 10:38 a.m. a pickpocket stuck their hand into my handbag and nicked my wallet. By 10:50, I despaired at the key card entrance to my office and cursed Mayor de Blasio’s New York while the thief had … Continued


The Life-Changing Magic of a Holiday Hotel Room

If things get too intense, depressing, or crazy while you’re visiting family this holiday season, should you consider staying in a hotel? No. You should decide to stay in a hotel before you pack your bags and get on the plane. Booking a hotel room before walking into the emotional haymaker of the holidays is … Continued


Can My Boyfriend Share My Room at My Parents’ House?

This week for Thanksgiving and again next month for Christmas and Hanukkah, millions of Millennials will take to trains, planes, and automobiles to travel home for the holidays. Some of them will be bringing their boyfriend or girlfriend with them. But for some of these lovebirds, this will cause problems—bedroom problems. To share a room … Continued


The Tyranny of the Pumpkin Spice Latte

Has the pumpkin spice latte hijacked fall? The moment Labor Day weekend arrives, nearly every restaurant and coffeehouse in America starts hawking its version of the Starbucks coffee phenomenon. And it’s not just coffee. Look around: suddenly everything is pumpkin-themed—pumpkin bread, pumpkin doughnuts, pumpkin ice cream. My local Giant has a gargantuan cart featuring mounds … Continued


Gratitude for Hard Times

There is a great scene in Little Miss Sunshine where Dwayne, the mostly mute high school kid, tells Frank that he wishes he could wake up and be 18, skipping all the crap associated with high school. Frank responds by talking about Marcel Proust, the writer who had a life full of suffering but in … Continued


Thank You! (GIVEAWAY)

Just recently, we reached 1,000 Facebook likes and have more than 1,300 followers on Twitter. We are truly humbled by the active readership we have come to know on Acculturated. To our Facebook friends, Twitter followers, visitors who come to our blog from other sites, and those of you who have made us a regular … Continued