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Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Thanksgiving...The Lost Holiday
Why are we in such a rush to get to Christmas? Why can't we enjoy the holidays that are in front of us? During Halloween I was at K-Mart to get a little something for my costume and there we Christmas decorations out. This was in the middle of October!
Thanksgiving is becoming the lost holiday. There is no gift giving. No large sugar rush. No dressing up as a super hero, or a ghost, or your favorite singer. There is nothing special to this holiday.
Waking up to turn on the TV and watch large balloons, and the Rockettes in New York city and the official arrival of Santa Claus is not that special. Grandma coming over to see the grandkids, great grandkids who can't always make it to the retirement center where she lives. That's not special.
Sitting down to a beautiful meal someone has prepared for the family, that is never special.
Catching up on different family member's lives, enjoying the company, listening to a family enjoying a meal and having fun is not special. Counting your blessings during grace, listening to what others are thankful for, and having something to be grateful for is not special.
Enjoying an after dinner activity is never special, a pickup football game, playing a board game, watching Christmas specials or the football game on the TV is not special.
So, everyone enjoy this Thursday. It's nothing special, just another day on the way to Christmas.
posted by Raven @ 11:58 AM  
  • At November 22, 2005 6:17 PM, Blogger Jas... said…

    There's no money in it. Unless you own Butterball.

  • At November 24, 2005 10:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I saw a political cartoon once of a turkey sitting on Santa's lap. The bird was saying, "one day! Just ONE stinkin' day!!"

    My fambly always did T'givin' in fine style: BIG dinners with enough food to serve an army. My grandmother would make about 30 quarts of stuffing, homemade by hand wherein she pinched apart about 15 loaves of bread. Mom & gramma and the rest o' my fambly taught me to do T'giving RIGHT: that is, don't put ANY Christmas decorations up until AT LEAST the day after T'giving; don't start celebrating Christmas until Thanksgiving has come and passed. Give it the dignity and respect it demands. Sit with fambly, tell stories, find out what has happened in the last year. Dont let the day slip by-- sometimes Fate has a way of taking folk out in this in-between time, and if you're not thankful for them NOW, they might not be here at Christmas.

    I guess the idea is to maintain small pockets of Thanksgiving Tradition here and there, even if we're the only one's doing it.

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