What Happened to Thanksgiving?
It is that time of the year again. It is time for the great gobbler to come and stuff us all: good food, good family, friends, and good times. If you look around the retail stores and what the media is putting out, one would think that they are trying to stuff us with something else, An Early Holiday Season!
What is wrong with Thanksgiving? It seems like every year; the holiday decorations come out earlier and earlier. This year some stores had Christmas decorations next to the Halloween candy. In high school, I worked in a retail store, and the owner insisted on putting Christmas decorations up right after Halloween, and he was Jewish. We fought round and round about it, and he always told me it is sales that dictated the season, not the calendar. Well, to that, I say BA HUMBUG!
Thanksgiving is a holiday that EVERYONE can and should celebrate. After all, we all have something to be thankful for. Even in “interesting” times like we are in now, we all have either family, friends, health (ok, maybe not all of us on the health thing), and some of you even have a good job. I am a firm believer that if you take care of yourself and those close to you, the rest will fall into place. If we all were thankful for those special things close to us, everything should fall into place.
Looking back on it, my boss might have been wrong, at least for one day of the year. This year, take the time on Thanksgiving Day to look around you and see what you are thankful for and make it a point to let them know. Then on Friday, go ahead and go shopping and enjoy all of the holiday sales and decorations.