As an adult, I doubt I've ever celebrated this holiday 'normally'. I learned that as a child whose family was far from normal yet tried their hardest to act normal - especially on the holidays. Big fail! It never worked because my family was so disintegrated and dysfunctional. However, today, that is normal.
It also explains why Thanksgiving has become a shopping day - and for those 'lucky' enough to have a low-paying job in retail, the wonderful opportunity to work the holiday.
Disintegrated and dysfunctional families go to casinos, restaurants, theme parks, and the movies these days to celebrate. If they stay at home for a quiet, intimate and casual celebration, many do so by watching TV, twittering or downloading something online - together as a family of course - virtually connected in a disconnected, disintegrated, dysfunctional 'modern family' milieu.
Anyone can take another day off if they need to work/shop the holiday/holiday weekend. Just transfer, or anticipate the feast day - Catholics do it all of the time. So do families who have loved ones in the armed services and in combat.
Year after year, traditional Thanksgiving has eroded along with the culture.
Photo: Justin Bieber Macy's commercial - one of the best of the season.