We thought you might use this prompt over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. The prompt is based on an idea suggested by Don Riggs.
Take some field-notes on your holiday experiences. Describe in detail your Thanksgiving day rituals. Write from the perspective of a specific type of scholar. For instance, you might use the voice of an anthropologist. As preparation, read one or both of the following:
“‘We Gather Together’: Consumption Rituals of Thanksgiving Day” by Melanie Wallendorf and Eric J. Arnould, from The Journal of Consumer Research, Vol. 18, No. 1 (June 1991).
For a view from 1952, “Thanksgiving Is Worldwide” by Horace Loftin, from The Science News-Letter, Vol. 62, No. 21 (Nov. 22, 1952).
You can find the Loftin here: http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/3931471?uid=3739808&uid=2134&uid=2&uid=70&uid=4&uid=3739256&sid=21102905793321
As an alternative style, write a flash fiction piece based on your field-notes.
Naturally, you might substitute other occasions or holidays for Thanksgiving.
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