Whatever happened to Thanksgiving? You know, that traditional American holiday when we give thanks for all the wonderful things this country has to offer. It’s been going on since the Pilgrims got here, but now it’s almost lost.
I think the guilty culprit is greed. Our big box stores and Internet shopping sites are so fixated on making huge profits that they begin advertising to Christmas shoppers before Halloween. Now, to many people, Thanksgiving’s only significance is it’s the last day before Black Friday.
Or should I say was.
Walmart and all its ilk are starting their shopping specials even earlier this year. Walmart announced it would start its Black Friday sales at 6:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, two hours earlier than usual. Some stores, like Macy’s, are going to be open all day on Thanksgiving!
I’m definitely not the shopping type. But to those who are, Black Friday is a great time to shop ... if you can stand the crowds and don’t mind getting up at 3 a.m. in the morning. Stores offer deep discounts and try to stock the most popular items. Walmart promises to stock 65% more TVs and double the number of tablets compared to last year.
But what about Thanksgiving?
To me, it’s still the best holiday of the year. It’s a time for family and friends to gather for a big meal, watch football, enjoy the outdoors and just relax for a day or two. To those of us who are religious, it’s a time to give thanks for the opportunities we’ve been given as Americans. There are no gifts to worry about and no holiday stress to make us grumpy. The biggest obstacles are cooking Thanksgiving dinner and figuring out where everybody’s going to sleep.
So to all our many-appreciated readers we say thanks, and wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving. And don’t miss those deals on Black Friday!
All in a Word
By Aileen Fisher
T for time to be together, turkey, talk, and tangy weather.
H for harvest stored away, home, and hearth, and holiday.
A for autumn's frosty art, and abundance in the heart.
N for neighbors, and November, nice things, new things to remember.
K for kitchen, kettles' croon, kith and kin expected soon.
S for sizzles, sights, and sounds, and something special that abounds.
That spells THANKS for joy in living and a jolly good Thanksgiving.