Thanksgiving is a time-honored American tradition that harkens back to the best this country has to offer. Compassion, family and whitewashing genocide — the very pillars of our national identity come to the forefront on the fourth Thursday of November.
There will always be confident party-goers donning unforgivable sweaters pasted against the white shadows of winter. There will be carols that no amount of eggnog could auto-tune. There will be awkward mistletoe mix-ups, unsatisfactory secret Santas and discourteous family dinners. But the majority will celebrate Christmas the way it has always been celebrated in the United States—by buying a lot of stuff.
Walking around campus these past few weeks, you may have noticed a certain flyer hanging up on the advertisement boards with a smiley face on it. A group of students, with the help of others from outside organizations, are looking to cut Walmart out of the list of approved vendors from which clubs and organizations can purchase goods and supplies. This list of vendors includes other retailers such as Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Costco, and Target, among others.
People can tell that the holiday season is upon them when families gather to eat turkey, boxes of decorations are uncovered from attics and when plenty of frantic shoppers stampede into stores like savages.