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By David Paul Downs

“Black Friday” is the day after Thanksgiving where stores open up early with huge discounts for shoppers, at least for those who themselves do not work retail and are off for the day. It is a kick-off for the most consumerist holiday of all: Christmas. In no way should that be a reflection of Christmas. The foundation of Christmas, whether you’re a follower of Christian or non-secular beliefs, is a day for sharing and giving. Black Friday has become a day for retail corporations to freely abuse their employees by forcing them to work unreasonable hours. The only thing Black Friday accomplishes is impeding on a holiday whose true message takes a commercial back-seat every season: Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is the one day of the year dedicated to giving thanks for what we have in our lives. We gather for a family feast and reflect on the things that really matter in life. In essence, it’s the opposite of what Christmas has become. Read the rest of this entry »

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November is here! My birthday month arrives with a crisp chill in the air and my favorite holiday in the distance.┬áNovember also marks the ‘official’ or maybe unofficial beginning of the holiday season. So to give you a head start on things happening in Chi Town this month, we’ve compiled some of our favorite suggestions for what to do with your schedule before it goes totally mad!

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By Lydia Krupinski

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Food, family, friends, and a day of reflection. Oh, and did I mention food? On tomorrow’s menu I have a star studded vegetarian lineup. No tofurkey this year…just fresh fruits,┬ávegetables, and preserves. If this list doesn’t get your mouth watering, then I don’t know what will.

+ Curried Sweet Potatoes with Roasted Garlic & Baby Onions

+ Honey Cornbread Muffins with Cranberry Chutney

+ Baked Asparagus with Parmesan

+ Cornbread, Wild Mushroom, and Pecan Stuffing

+ Candied Ginger Pumpkin Pie

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