Thanksgiving notes

November 26, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken
Nov. 26, 2015

I wanted to throw up a quick entry here mentioning some previous blog posts that are relevant to the season:

Three years ago, I wrote a post listing six things for which I was grateful. All still apply. What are you grateful for? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Six years ago, I began tweeting tributes to the seniors on the Stanford football team toward the end of the season. (The timing is loosely tied to the senior day tradition established by the late Dean Smith, a legendary men’s basketball coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.) My most recent tribute appeared on Twitter shortly before the kickoff to the 118th Big Game last Saturday; subsequently, I updated the page on this blog that contains all of the tributes. Be sure to visit if you have any interest in the Cardinal football team!

In 2013, I wrote about Christmas creep, which, I assure you, is alive and well. Unfortunately, I’ve noticed no decrease in the insistence by conservatives that Christianity is imperiled here in the United States. (See: Kim Davis.)

By the way, I visited a Starbucks in New York on Nov. 1 of this year — the morning after the Stanford football team’s dramatic 30-28 victory at Washington State — and noticed that the staff was putting out holiday-themed stuff, including the now-infamous blank red cups. There was no question in my mind that the cups were intended, in however subdued a fashion, to raise associations with Christmas, not Chanukah or Kwanzaa.

Finally, allow me to share the tale of how, two days before the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday, it took my parent, the family dog and me nearly half a day to drive from Durham to my parent’s home — a trip that normally takes from nine to 10 hours. Wherever and however you’re traveling, I hope your journey is safe and trouble-free!

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