Yesterday I went to my favorite hair salon to get a hair cut. I couldn’t believe the shop had already put up its Christmas tree and decked its halls to the Yuletide “nines.”
I drove downtown to show off my new haircut and discovered the city workers putting up the Christmas lights. Hey wait, Fellas. It’s not even Thanksgiving yet. Are we skipping my second favorite holiday this year?
I went home and settled down with the remote control and watched an all night Christmas movie marathon on the Hallmark Channel. What’s going on here, have we lost our minds?
You all know that I have a zillion and one pet peeves, but my main most one is the marginalizing of Thanksgiving. I advocate following the Canadian tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving the second week of October so it can get its proper “due.”
The man on the street throws up his hands, stating, “Unemployment is up. Foreclosures are up. Bank balances are down. What have we got to be thankful for? War? Starvation? Poverty? National economies tanking?”
Sadly, Halloween gets more attention than this beautiful day when we once celebrated our gratitude and blessings. Thanksgiving is a throw-away holiday. It isn’t marketable and therefore it generates no tax revenue. It just makes good business sense to cancel it, insist the jaded marketers.
I heard that the big box stores will move up their Black Friday promotions to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving day. This is just WRONG,
Believing in the beauty and simplicity of Thanksgiving, I commit myself to the following
1. To focus on my blessings and the people I love for the next 12 days;
2. To do one thing each day to prepare for Thanksgiving – whether it’s making a special recipe to freeze or getting out the good china so I don’t feel like I’ve been hit by a hurricane when Thanksgiving arrives.
3. To commit to paper each day five things for which I’m grateful.