Thanksgiving

Business
2:00 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

Some Retailers Opening Doors Thanksgiving Evening for Early Start to Black Friday

Each year the holiday shopping season kicks off with the huge savings and massive crowds of Black Friday — or is it Black Thursday?

The unofficial holiday for all things retail is the single most important day of the year for merchants, though increases in online sales and disappointing predictions have some jumping the gun.

The National Retail Federation is predicting a 3.9 percent growth in holiday retail sales over last year, a disappointing forecast that has some retailers opening their doors early.

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Essential Pittsburgh
1:00 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving & Hanukkah Traditions Converge with Thanksgivukkah

American Gothikkah is just one of the images used to popularize the once in a lifetime holiday, Thanksgivukkah.
Credit Thanksgivukkah/Modern Tribe / Facebook

This year we will experience a once in a lifetime convergence of holidays. Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah occur on the same day.

In celebration of what she calls a "Jewish-American mashup," Dana Reichman Gitell, a native of Squirrel Hill, has popularized the term “Thanksgivukkah” online.

She says most people are tickled by the playful cultural juxtaposition of imagery that can be found on sites like Modern Tribe.

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