So, Thanksgiving is almost here. I'm sorry, but Thanksgiving has somehow become the poor stepchild holiday.
Halloween seems to be huge, everyone does something cool on Halloween. I have read quite the few articles on how spending on this holiday and related items has skyrocketed in the past few years. Who doesn't love pretending to be something they're not? Who doesn't love getting scared, other than very young children? Why would anyone want to pass up the chance of getting as much free candy as your parents are willing to haul you around trick or treating for?
And Christmas is Christmas, the numero uno, no holiday can possibly usurp that position due to the fact that large amounts of presents are involved, which doesn't really happen on any other national holiday.
But, every year it seems that Thanksgiving gets more and more overlooked. Shoved off to the side, just a rather annoyingly large dinner to make on the way to "the Big One." Oh sure, they put a few token ceramic turkeys out here and there to decorate the Thanksgiving table, but their hearts just aren't in it. I mean, I suppose that turkeys, who are not exactly high on the charisma chart, coupled with Pilgrims can only drum up so much enthusiasm. Christmas decorations were up the week after Halloween, with nary a nod to waiting until Thanksgiving had passed.
Perhaps we need to start a "Save Thanksgiving" committee. We could gently remind people that it is a time for friends and family to get together. A time for us to reflect on all the bounty we have in our lives and profess our gratefulness for our numerous blessings.
We could wear T-shirts that say, "Thanksgiving, it's not just for dinner."
Who's with me?
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!