Christmas season is fast approaching, but with recent changes in tradition and culture it’s easy to forget that there’s a holiday between Halloween and Christmas.
I remember in the earlier days of my childhood that once the Halloween ghouls and terrors had passed, the stores would fill up with the brown and orange colors of Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving sales would come around long before Black Friday and Christmas decorations would be scarce.
However, nowadays there seems to be no trace of Thanksgiving around in the stores or on the houses in the street. Goofy turkey window clings are a thing of the past as Christmas decorations now storm the store aisles the day after Halloween.
Thanksgiving no longer serves as a holiday, but merely a bookmark for football games, Black Friday and an excuse to pig out on oversized turkey.
Why do we no longer care for Thanksgiving? Why is it that we no longer give thanks for everything that we have in our lives and instead worry about everything we will receive on Christmas?
It’s also disrespectful to origins of the holiday. There are various stories that people and historians claim as the true origin of the holiday, but I prefer the classic story of Native Americans and Pilgrims sitting down to enjoy dinner and giving thanks.
In recent years, I have taken an initiative in giving thanks.
I hold off until the day after Thanksgiving to put up Christmas decorations, and I try to tell people what they mean to me in the weeks leading up to the holiday.
I believe we should all put effort into bringing back Thanksgiving and prolong the Christmas spirit for just a little while.
Give thanks to the people who are closest to you and let them know they mean something to you.