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November 19, 2013
Michelle Miles on Thanksgiving: The Forgotten Holiday
What I don’t love is that Christmas decorations start to creep into the stores before Halloween is even over. I’m sure you’ve noticed this disturbing reoccurrence. It seems like it gets earlier and earlier every year. For Christmas and then for Valentine’s. There will be chocolate hearts on display by January 2 – you watch.
But I digress. It seems like we jump from Halloween to Christmas. We start the Christmas shopping madness earlier and earlier every year. This year, we get the added bonus of having stores open ON Thanksgiving morning. Before we know it, stores just won’t CLOSE for Thanksgiving.
This is an injustice if you ask me. What about the people who have to work at these stores? Don’t they deserve to have a holiday full of turkey and football? I mean, there really aren’t any decorations for Thanksgiving either. You don’t see people putting out giant blow-up turkeys in their yard. Or decorating their houses with turkey lights.
It’s sad that it’s come to this. Thanksgiving is like the skipped over holiday. “Oh, it’s just thanksgiving.” HEY, y’all. The pilgrims DIED trying to get to the New World. Let’s not forget that. Let’s not forget the pilgrims celebrated the first thanksgiving for THREE DAYS. Let’s not forget that this is supposed to be a day of thanking God for all that we have. Let’s not forget that this was declared a National Holiday in 1863. Not the national “It’s time to shop for Christmas” event. I don’t see any politicians clamoring to make THAT a national holiday.
Hey I’m all for decorating for Christmas right after Thanksgiving but not before. I’m also all for early Christmas shopping…but on thanksgiving? Really? I want to enjoy my turkey and dressing and football without the stress of holiday shopping or decorating for Christmas. Let’s enjoy our turkey day before the rest of the holiday madness begins. Can we? I mean the holidays only come around once a year but that doesn’t mean we can skip one to get to the other one.
So this Thanksgiving, stop and ENJOY it. Forget about Christmas until the next day or, heck, even December 1. Enjoy that turkey and dressing and cranberry. Enjoy stuffing yourself with desserts you only eat on this holiday. Enjoy spending time with your family. Whether it’s watching football or playing football in the front yard. For me, Thanksgiving is a time to slow down and cherish the day rather than rush around spending all my money looking for the perfect gift. That will come later. Much later.
This Thanksgiving, I’m giving thanks for my family and friends, for having a roof over my head and food on the table.
What about you?