Though it may be founded on the fiction of Pilgrims and Native Americans getting along, there’s evidence to suggest that Americans really do believe in the power of sharing with others on Thanksgiving. Food drives, soup kitchen volunteering and the spirit of sharing are still holiday traditions. As the costs of Christmas, Halloween and other more-commercial holidays costs are skyrocketing, Thanksgiving has remained — for the moment at least — America’s last commercial-free holiday zone (despite Black Friday, of course). But with more retailers opening their doors on Turkey Day, and more shoppers leaving the hearth for the market, how much longer will it remain so?
Sources: New Republic, Slate, The Atlantic