I LOVE LOVE LOVE Thanksgiving!
I always have.
It is one of my favorite holidays.
It was always a day spent with my extended family with lots of fantastic food and family games.
I feel we are on the verge of the extinction of Thanksgiving.
In our current world, we seem to rush from one commercial holiday to another, with every effort in marketing geared toward making as much money as possible, no matter the costs. We now have to endure Christmas decorations in stores long before Halloween has been celebrated. Then we seem to rocket from Halloween to Christmas. What has happened to Thanksgiving?
And this year? Insanity!!! Retail stores are now opening on Thanksgiving Day, even as early as 6 am at Kmart. The corporate world no longer considers any day sacred. Soon we will be seeing stores open on Christmas as well.
Families are in desperate need of quality time together without distraction, without pressure, without the world!
In a world of over-the-top shopping, can't we enjoy just 2 days a year without shopping: Thanksgiving and Christmas?
I made the personal pledge last year to avoid shopping on Thanksgiving day. I don't want to encourage retailers to be open on that day. Employees of retail establishments typically endure the worst work hours ever all year long. They deserve an entire day at home with their families, or the ability to travel to their families. We all do.
I'm making that pledge again this year. Will you join me?
Let's not rush ahead to Christmas already. Let's enjoy each day of November as a month of giving thanks for all of the blessings we have in our life.
Christmas will come. It has it's own season. We won't lose it.
But first, let's focus on Thanksgiving. Because we are all truly blessed.