I remember a time when Thanksgiving was a holiday that was deeply revered. We all understood this was a special time for giving thanks with family and friends with the overindulgence on turkey and stuffings an added bonus. Typically, this meant all the rituals and decorations for Christmas were reserved until after Thanksgiving. For years that was the unspoken rule, Thanksgiving first, Christmas after. However, for the last few years it seems all the lines have been blurred and Christmas has been coming to town earlier and earlier than before. By early November, Christmas decorations and lights are everywhere, Santas are already perched in malls holding reluctant babies captive, meanwhile there is nary a turkey in sight nor any mention of the word Thanksgiving. What’s disconcerting is Black Friday threatening to overshadow and commercialize our day of thanks. Merchants obsessed with making a profit, who had already backed their Black Friday bargains into Thanksgiving’s Thursday, have now claimed the entire month of November and preoccupied shoppers have proven they’re willing to trample each other for “the best steals” even if it meant reneging on Thanksgiving. Somehow, we have become so obsessed with “getting” we have forgotten the true meaning of Thanks “giving”.
While I have never been to a Black Friday sale on a Thursday or hardly any other day for that matter, for the past two years I too have been guilty of putting up my Christmas tree before Thanksgiving. The tree for me sets the tone for the holidays and what is to come, still Thanksgiving in my house receives all the reverence and respect it deserves. It is our time reserved for being surrounded by friends and family while being thankful, how about you?