thanksgiving

Christmas Capitalism unfair to workers, buries true meaning

Christmas Capitalism unfair to workers, buries true meaning

11/15/2018 By Ollie Gratzinger | Opinions Editor  The halls are decked, the stockings are hung, the mochas are minty and it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet. ‘Tis the season, I suppose, but every year, the season comes sooner. Malls were adorned with ornate bulbs and towering trees as early as Nov. 1. Stores sent out their […]

Black Friday is a cultural tradition, albeit a problematic one

Black Friday is a cultural tradition, albeit a problematic one

11/15/2018 By Zoe Stratos | Staff Columnist In 2017, more than 70 million people participated in the busiest shopping day of the year: Black Friday. However, with all of the discounts, clearances, price tags slashed and doorbusters up for grabs, is the tradition really worth all the trouble braving sale-crazy crowds? After factoring all of […]

Black Friday feeds into consumerism, loses Thanksgiving spirit

Black Friday feeds into consumerism, loses Thanksgiving spirit

By Duke Staff 11/15/17 For most, the last Thursday of November is a time for food, relaxation and giving thanks. Recently, however, the idea and practice of Thanksgiving has been diluted by Black Friday. For years, Black Friday has come earlier and earlier, encroaching on the holiday we’re truly trying to celebrate. For many reasons, […]

Dreaded family dinner: surviving Thanksgiving meals

Dreaded family dinner: surviving Thanksgiving meals

By Ollie Gratzinger | Staff Columnist  As Thanksgiving nears, our dreams are suddenly filled with visions of turkey breast and sweet potato pie. Soon the stresses of an ending semester will be temporarily forgotten while we resolve to stuff our faces and kick back to watch the Macy’s Day Parade flood the streets of New […]

Much-needed relief: Maximizing Thanksgiving break

Much-needed relief: Maximizing Thanksgiving break

By Nina Saluga | Staff Writer As the semester winds down to a grueling close, Thanksgiving break is the light at the end of the tunnel all of us need to make it through each taxing day until finals. Whether you’re hoping to increase your productivity or achieve maximum R&R, we here at The Duke […]

Dark past lingers behind Thanksgiving holiday

Dark past lingers behind Thanksgiving holiday

By: Carolyn Conte | Student Columnist  The smell of apple pie, the colors of autumn and the hugs of loved ones warm our memories of Thanksgiving. The holiday should be appreciated for its sincerity compared to other holidays which are usually weighed with the pressure to buy presents — be it Halloween candy, Christmas gifts […]

Let retail workers enjoy Thanksgiving

Let retail workers enjoy Thanksgiving

By Rebekah Devorak | Student Columnist There are three types of people on Thanksgiving. First is the increasingly rare person who savors every last bite of turkey and lingers for hours around the table in warm conversation. Second is the crazy coupon-er who scarfs down stuffing and passes on the pumpkin pie to instead snag […]

Whatever comes to mind: Black Friday loses charm

Whatever comes to mind: Black Friday loses charm

By George Flynn | Opinions Editor The holiday season was one of my favorite seasons as a child. I loved eating Thanksgiving dinner with my extended family. I adored celebrating Christmas with my sister and parents. Opening the gifts underneath the tree was the glorious moment I waited for every single year. As I got […]

Whatever comes to mind: The positives to having a small Thanksgiving

Whatever comes to mind: The positives to having a small Thanksgiving

By George Flynn | Opinions Editor Thanksgiving is always a riot at my grandparent’s house. My grandmother Florence, is the sweetest woman to grace the planet. And yet, without a doubt she will bring up morbid topics like the death penalty over mashed potatoes. My grandfather Andrew, will sit there in silence and give me […]

Thanksgiving lasts a lifetime

By Michael Flewelling