Today I found Facebook littered with little updates from friends and relatives about their plans for Black Friday; I have two friends who had pictures of their Christmas trees posted back in late October and or early November.
I also noticed that those who post the most about Black Friday and all the great sales are also the most rabid Fox News viewers among my Facebook friends. These are the folks who will begin posting about how liberals are destroying Christmas and forcing them to say “Happy Holidays” rather than “Merry Christmas!”
I wonder why they never seem to mind that their fixation on Black Friday and of course, football, is destroying the whole essence of Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving has always been a time of family, friends, and neighbors. It was a reflective holiday, a peaceful time.
I had 17 people for Thanksgiving dinner and I introduced them to one of my Thanksgiving traditions; a walk outside.
Yes, it was cold, but it was also beautiful. It was peaceful and quiet. After we returned home I treated them all to a very simple thing: Hot chocolate.
The most simple pleasures in life are also the most grand and the most memorable.
I don’t have a whole media machine drying me to feel and hate as they do. I am just one solitary individual attempting to maintain my personal traditions. In my solitary existence I attempt to not drown in the maddening hysterics of popular culture.
I celebrate Christmas in a big way but I do so in December because I love Thanksgiving; I love the traditions of both holidays and I give them both their time and space.
Sometime next week the Thanksgiving decorations will come down, the Thanksgiving candles and CD’s will be put away and I will have run out of Starbucks Thanksgiving Blend coffee and I will begin to prepare for Christmas and switch to Starbucks Christmas Blend.
I will switch from greeting people with a heartfelt “Happy Thanksgiving” and slowly switch to “Merry Christmas!”
But the switch will be slow…
I won’t even begin to think about shopping until around the 15th of December as that is usually when “the spirit” begins to overtake me. Normally, its two shopping trips and I have all “the gifts” bought for my loved ones.
I make a list of people whom I want to buy gifts for and then I just let the spirit of the times make the selections for me; I don’t make a list of what everyone wants and go out and search for the best deal.
Christmas is about gift giving not shopping….
I treasure the seasons and the holidays….
That seems to be a lost art and nothing exemplifies that more than Black Friday: A day that has now consumed Thanksgiving and done more to destroy the true spirit of Christmas than the make believe battle between “Happy Holidays” vs. “Merry Christmas.”
Just found this:
Yep, America, that is us at our best!