Eating turkey on Thursday and going to a crowded mall on Friday are quite unappealing to some of us. But one is not obliged to follow such customs. For a number of years, I've had my own definition of Thanksgiving. It's a time to be thankful for the good things in one's life, to free oneself of distractions like malls, TV, video games, and junk food, and just enjoy simple, wholesome times with friends and family. Perhaps a meditative mountain climb would be in order.
At least that's the theory. This year, I really need quiet, simple times, so much so as to preclude the friends and family and the mountain climbing.