In Defense of Black Friday

Growing up, my family did not go Christmas shopping on Black Friday—the practice commercialized a holiday reserved for family and Christ, my mom said. As an adult who now goes Christmas shopping on Black Friday, I can see her point. The way retail stores herd flocks of shoppers around with advertisements for deals on phones, … Continued


This Thanksgiving, Should You Just Say No to More Stuff?

We’re going to my in-laws for Thanksgiving as we do every year, and as with every trip, I’ll look forward to the food, to seeing my kids with all four of their grandparents, and to participating in a fun game I’ve dubbed, “Do you want this?” The game goes like this: At some point during … Continued


Why My Daughter’s School Canceled Thanksgiving

Buckle in for another season of P.C. wars over the holidays. Although it’s not yet December, Starbucks already had its annual Christmas cup kerfuffle after releasing a green cup featuring a cluster of happy people with the express purpose, according to the coffee chain, of being “a symbol of unity, and to encourage us to … Continued


The NY Times Guide to Ruining Your Family Thanksgiving

Donald Trump’s recent election victory came as an unexpected shock to much of the country, leaving befuddled Hillary Clinton supporters without closure. Like the Civil War, this contentious election often pitted friends and family against each other, and in the aftermath many who can’t let it go want to keep debating politics, even—or perhaps especially—at … Continued


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