On Thursday, Americans gave thanks. On Friday, Americans took…everything. On Monday, Americans cyber’d.
Yes, it’s that time of year where one day is focused on gratitude and is immediately followed by 30ish straight days of prioritizing whatever the exact opposite of gratitude is. Such a word to describe it once existed but it was sold as a doorbuster deal on Black Friday 1997.
Where did the obsession with commercialism during year end holidays originate? Believe it or not (I recommend not), it was originally created in 1995. The year the internet was invented.
Prior to that blessed year, Thanksgiving and the month that followed was a time of peace.