The day after Halloween, the Christmas decorations went up in every store I frequent. The Diva is not happy. Each time we enter a store I get to hear her complain "It isn't even Thanksgiving!"
What happened to Thanksgiving? Where did it go? Why is it, my favorite of all American holidays, often the lost holiday?
Americans like Thanksgiving. We like the time spent with family, the football games, the day or two off work, the food. We like the sales, the shopping, and the sentiment around this holiday. For the most part, it is a holiday that lives and thrives because Americans like it. The stores and market place do not do much to keep this holiday alive.
I understand that Thanksgiving is not a holiday with a lot of "selling power."
Other than food and travel, We do not spend large amounts of money on items for this celebration. SO many of our holidays involve gifts or treats or celebratory items of one sort or the other. Halloween, for example, is all about candy, costumes, and creative house decor while Valentine's day... diamonds, flowers, and chocolates are the norm. St. Patrick's day, not even a holiday, includes large alcohol sales while the 4th of July involves picnics and fireworks.
And we all know what Christmas entails, whether we celebrate the holiday or not, we are surrounded by Christmas from the day after Halloween until the first of the new year.
Somewhere, sandwiched in between the spooky and the ghostly and the glitter and the gold, lies Thanksgiving - the holiday that I cherish.
Even though the marketplace seems to have brushed this holiday aside, it is nice to see that Americans have not. It is a day about family, friends, loved ones... it is about spending time together... and for some, it is even about giving thanks.
Maybe it is okay that it is not commercialized. Perhaps the lack of materialism associated with this day of family and giving thanks makes it that much more genuine because it is not about treats, gifts, or glitz. Because it lacks all the attention, maybe people can take this holiday to define as they wish; to celebrate it as they like; to make the day their own.
And maybe that is something for which I am thankful!