My Rant on Thanksgiving

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What happened to Thanksgiving? Can someone answer that for me? Being a lover of ALL holidays- Easter, Fourth of July, Veteran’s Day, Labor Day, Memorial Day, National Dog Day, etc.- I am very concerned by the lack of love for Thanksgiving.

Here in Birmingham, the DAY AFTER Halloween, radio stations began playing Christmas music. Target has had Christmas decor set out since BEFORE Halloween. And you. Yes, you. How dare you already have your Christmas tree up! It’s November 18. You have a month and a half to savor the Christmas season. Can we not savor the season of Thanksgiving first? Heaven knows we savored Halloween (aka candy). I savored that for weeks on weeks on weeks. (Those Reese’s pumpkins are darn delicious!)

Remember how we are supposed to reflect on what we’re thankful for? Remember the pilgrims and the Indians? The peace dinner?

This is our problem. We want to move so quickly through our lives and jump from one big event to the next so quickly, that we get sloppy. We leave things behind- like poor ol’ Thanksgiving.

I can’t blame you. I’ve been guilty of it too. When something exciting is coming up, it’s easy to have a one-track mind until it gets here. The problem though is that when we get tunnel vision, we can’t see all the other little things. We miss out on thanksgiving! We miss the tiny moments of our days when things are ACTUALLY good and fun and sweet and worth savoring. All because we’re looking forward to the next big thing.

For the love of all that is good (and the Pilgrims and Indians), can we please slow down and take in Thanksgiving?

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