This is one of my favorite holidays. It is a celebration, lots of food, and, of course, getting together with family and friends, and enjoying a relaxing time together. This seems so much more relaxing than say Christmas as the hysterical shopping binges, and fighting crowds actually makes me crazy. I love the thanksgiving decorations, smells, and the feeling of celebration that I get from this holiday.
It is also a fun holiday for decorating although it seems it gets lost in the shuffle of Halloween and Christmas. You try to make it special with Thanksgiving decorations, but actually, people are in such a hurry to get up their Christmas decorations that this holiday seems to be forgotten in the decorating department.
I feel like I have a lot of pet peeves, but another of mine is the idea that everyone needs to hurry up to get things created for Christmas, and then hurry up to get it over with. No one can seem to take it as it comes. Halloween should be just that Halloween in that time frame. Then a couple of days after Halloween you get ready for Thanksgiving. Then after a day or two of Thanksgiving you prepare for Christmas, I remember the feeling of hysteria, awe, whatever it was, when I noticed that on the night of Thanksgiving, at dusk, one of the neighbors lit all their Christmas decorations. It was in total amazement and confusion that I wondered when they had enjoyed the Thanksgiving celebration. I don’t know about anyone else, but I love to sit back and enjoy my holiday whatever it may be. I also know that if I started decorating for Christmas on Thanksgiving life would be a total mess and hysteria (not to mention the house which is a total disaster when I decorate). This does not seem enjoyable to me at all. The reason I was in awe is I just don’t understand how this is done without that sense of confusing the seasons. I was raised that the holidays didn’t end until January 6 “Three Kings Day”. The holiday falls annually on Jan. 6 and marks the biblical adoration of baby Jesus by the three Kings, also referred to as Wise Men or Magi. That means to me that we need to sit back and enjoy what we have created long past Christmas day. I get sad when I see trees lining the curbs the day after Christmas. Come on folks sit back and enjoy the holidays.
I also don’t believe anyone, and I mean anyone, should have to work on Thanksgiving. This Black Friday crap makes me really crabby. Shouldn’t everyone be able to have family time? Are shopping and material things so almighty important that we put family and friends on the back burner? This certainly makes for bad feelings for those who have to work long overtime hours so that a few of us can save a penny on their holiday shopping. You know they are probably not even shopping for the holidays, but mostly for themselves anyways.
Again, I love Thanksgiving and wish everyone could enjoy it the way I foresee it and not the start of the crazy hustle and bustle of the shopping season thereby ruining the holiday altogether.