Here it is again, that time of year, where you get all fuzzy and warm inside.  Oh wait, that’s Christmas.  But didn’t I just got trick-o’-treating yesterday.  Oh, I’m confused!  What came first?  The shopping or the turkey?

Here I go again!  I mentioned the other day how commercial holidays have become, what with all the material elements and how so much “earlier” they are “celebrated”.  It starts as far back as September when Halloween appears on store shelves and school had just begun.  Before you get a chance to scare the pants off of someone for Halloween, the beginning of October becomes a craze of Christmas decor.  Somewhere in there is Thanksgiving.  I usually can tell because ABC usually adds “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” to their evening programing.  Ohhh, that’s when it is.  If you blink, you might just miss it.

Is cutting into family time on Thanksgiving to go shopping on Black Friday really worth it?  I guess for some people it is but I just think that one day of shopping big deals can be passed over because being with family is more important.  The commercialization of the holidays has taken away the wonder, the magic, the anticipation, the innocence, the essence of holidays in general.  It happens with every holiday (i.e. Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, etc.) but it is more pronounced during this time of year because of the potential to make money and to obtain tangible goods.

Just a thought:   I think that warm and fuzzy feeling should be connected to a big, fat hug from you sister, the mouth-watering smells coming from the kitchen as you enter the house, sitting on the couch with your dad and talk about old times, or a good round of Trivial Pursuit.

I wish with all my heart that everyone enjoy Thanksgiving with family, that those who lack a place to sleep have a warm bed to feel safe, that rumbling tummies do not go unanswered, but most of all, it is my sincere hope that giving thanks does not begin or end with a holiday, rather, that it is done every day of the year.  I wish everyone a happy and safe holiday!

The White House

Oh that lucky turkey! Whew!

One Response to Thanksgiving

  1. Edward says:

    Karen, I am glad that we are putting toegther our own traditions, and the kids seem to love it as well.Mom, don’t think THAT hasn’t crossed my mind! I think I am looking forward to it though. Mostly:-)Lauren, It is a nice family holiday-and without the politics and stress of gifts, which is one of the things I like about Thanksgiving. No one expects a gift:-)Thanks, Lesly. You’re so sweet. And it would be nice if Thanksgiving (or something like it) were celebrated everywhere.

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