“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” Henri Frederic Amiel
Okay I’ve had it. I’ve had it with Christmas taking over Thanksgiving’s important November role: that of holiday to be treasured not trumped.
I LOVE Thanksgiving. I love the food, I love the football, I love the family and friends, and I love fall. I hate that people are already putting up Christmas trees and Christmas lights. Don’t get me wrong, I also love Christmas, but there’s a time and a place for everything. And a month.
October is for Halloween.
November is for Thanksgiving.
December is for Christmas.
The holidays shouldn’t mix and match. It’s just wrong to be serving your turkey and dressing as you turn on the lights of your Christmas tree. I know many of you disagree with me and countless of you have maybe already begun your Christmas decoration deluge. It’s bad enough that retail America starts with the Christmas stuff in October, but it’s not the Christmas season yet!
Thanksgiving is very important. Giving thanks and being grateful always is, so devoting an entire day to doing so should not be overshadowed by any other holiday or event…including the dreaded Black Friday.
For those of you who don’t know or have forgotten its origins, the very first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims in answer to their prayers for an end to the drought so they would have food. Those same pilgrims worked side-by-side with their new neighbors, Native American Indians, in a show of ultimate acceptance and teamwork. These are important moments in our nation’s history and deserve to be saluted…all by themselves.
So please, do us all a favor and put away your lights and ornaments for just one more week. Let’s all give Thanksgiving the holiday and the honor it deserves.
Agree or disagree? Please let me know your thoughts on this.