Ugly Sweaters, Other Consumer Christmas Traditions and Their Origins

Did you find yourself online shopping at a place like Ugly Christmas Sweater this season to find the perfect tacky holiday sweater to wear to a theme party?  Did you find yourself wondering when the ugly Christmas sweater party became a "thing"?  I thought Cliff Huxtable (for those who did not grow up in front of the … Continue reading Ugly Sweaters, Other Consumer Christmas Traditions and Their Origins

Creepy Consumer Culture Rituals: Pictures With Santa and The Easter Bunny

I don't know If I share this opinion with most Anthropologists or not, but I know I share It with many of my other fellow humans. And that is, Americans do some weird sh*t for our holiday traditions - mostly because of how fervently we have integrated our religous holidays into consumer culture and vice … Continue reading Creepy Consumer Culture Rituals: Pictures With Santa and The Easter Bunny

For Christmas I Want A Fat Dude Sliding Down My Chimney To Bring Me Stuff

I remember when I was little and (despite the fact that both my parents are Jewish) I would spend the weeks up until Christmas anticipating Christmas morning, when Santa would have brought me and my brothers a living-room full of presents.  I took the responsibility of making sure Santa had cookies and milk (as well … Continue reading For Christmas I Want A Fat Dude Sliding Down My Chimney To Bring Me Stuff

The American Ritual Of Giving Thanks Immediately Followed By Wanting More

As I sit staring out from my temporary living-room at the still blue gulf and sun-drenched sky, I can't help but be incredibly thankful for many things, including having a job that allows me the income to rent a beach house for the week as well as the right combination of family and friends to … Continue reading The American Ritual Of Giving Thanks Immediately Followed By Wanting More