Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Hello, I’d like to introduce you to…

Thanksgiving. You ever heard of that one? Pilgrims? Indians? Cornucopias? Turkeys?

You know the one represented by images such as this one?


More importantly it’s the holiday that reminds us to be thankful for what we have and to lend aid to those less fortunate. It’s a holiday that reminds us to think of those things we should be grateful for…. everyday. It reminds us what we take for granted.


Apparently we jump from this:


TO This:


…draping these two holiday with commercialism. Halloween? Face it, it’s commercial. Completely.

Christmas? There is meaning loaded into the very essence of the holiday. Religion is at it’s core. Religion is why we give gifts (well at least it used to be. Now? Much is commercial nowadays for many people). Religion led to the putting up of trees, religion is behind the carols. Religion is even behind Santa Claus.

But now? Now Christmas is so commercialized. So much so that the doorbells are barely done ringing from trick-or-treaters (if Halloween has even occurred at all yet) before the stores are playing Christmas carols, hanging decorations, putting up trees, etc. But do you know what’s worse?

Radio Stations. Christmas Carols, 24/7. Now. Today. Well actually Friday. I can’t avoid it. I need to listed to traffic reports, weather and news. I. Can’t. Avoid. It. And it drives me mad. Do people not know that Thanksgiving, that all important holiday, isn’t until Thursday? Thursday, people.

Let’s give thanks. Let’s remember. Let’s help each other.

And then?

Then we can sing carols. But first, let me (let us) have our Thanksgiving.


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