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Keeping thanks in Thanksgiving

November 20, 2012 - Linda Lobeck
I await the Christmas season with great anticipation to celebrate the birth of Christ and the many traditions that my family hold dear. With a grandchild in our family, I can hardly wait to introduce her to the joys of the season and the spirit of Christmas.

From looking to make donations to others in need and trying to find special gifts for family and friends, it’s a time of giving that makes it special for me.

I love to decorate, wrap presents, look at the lights around town, watch my special Christmas videos, listen to Christmas songs, and bake cookies.

I also like the fact that people are usually in better moods and smiling as they shop, greet the bell ringers at the stores, and go about their daily lives. The spirit of joy and goodwill and preparation for Christmas is uplifting and something we’d like to see all year round.

But with Thanksgiving on Thursday, I’m finding it hard to understand how what was always Black Friday sales, have started to edge into another holiday.

I understand that many businesses depend on good holiday shopping in order to make a profit for this year, but it’s truly embarrassing to see so many deals happening on Thursday. Thursday should be a time to spend with your families giving thanks and sharing a meal and fellowship together.

It’s always been heartwarming to see the various organizations that are putting on dinners on Thanksgiving for people who are alone to come and enjoy with others. Meals are also delivered to people unable to come to churches or the hospital cafeteria.

Those are the things I hope to see continuing into the future and not people abandoning their families or doing good works like this in order to stand in line at a store to get a deal on some item.

The message that these early sales are giving is that spending time with others giving thanks is not a priority. It’s commercializing holidays way too much and taking the attention off of family and friends gathering together on Thanksgiving.

Traditionally, the Friday after Thanksgiving was the day that launched the holiday shopping and something we came to expect. But at least we had Thursday to fully celebrate Thanksgiving before all the craziness started.

I guess we all have to look at our priorities and check to see if it’s shopping or making the holidays mean something as to whether we will be enticed to abandon Thanksgiving this year.

I’m hoping most people will agree with me that celebrating Thanksgiving is more important that getting an even earlier head start on Christmas shopping deals. Tempting although they may be, it’s not something I’m going to do and abandon my precious time with my family.


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