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Thanksgiving open thread: Celebrate, but also contemplate

Sometimes my mind works in strange ways. On holidays like today, I often wonder what other people are doing, if families are coming together in joy or reaffirming why they have avoided each other for so long. And then I start to think about those family members who are suffering in secrecy, who probably view holidays as a cruel reminder of the normal life they have been denied. Domestic abuse victims are sometimes completely shielded from view, but much more often, they have to put on a show of happiness to conceal their situation, or face the consequences after everybody leaves. We kid ourselves that these situations are rare, but it's likely happening only a few doors down in our neighborhood. And maybe even right in front of us. The CDC just published a new report this year, and the numbers are staggering:

Christmas Day open thread

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By all rights this thread should be pointless, because you should be basking in the warmth of family. Or slaving over a hot stove, so said family members can recharge after all that arduous present-unwrapping. Or wandering around picking up shreds of said wrapping paper, before the dog (or cat) gets ahold of it and hacks on the carpet. Or intervening in a discussion that has the potential to turn into World War III. But you know what? It's all good. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah, everybody. :)

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