Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Halloween, Christmas. Hang on, I feel like I’m forgetting something here. Oh yeah, that’s right, Thanksgiving. I always forget about that holdiay and I think everyone else does too.
I believe with all my heart that Thanksgiving is the “forgotten holiday”, and it honestly makes me sad. Really! Right now, there is a single tear rolling down my cheek, dripping onto my computer desk and forming a little sad face.
Think about it, everyone gets all jazzed about Halloween, we get to dress up, watch scary movies, and act like a kid for a night with little to no reprecusions, unless of course you break the law. Stores are filled with Halloween decorations, costumes and candy just waiting to be bought up by eager Halloween participants. However, once all the Halloween shenanigans subside one would expect there to be a fuss over Thanksgiving. It is a pretty important part of our countries history, and with a country that really isn’t that old in the grand scheme of things, we need all the important history we can get.
But no, we don’t have any Thanksgiving mania. Immediately after the Halloween decorations go down, in come the Christmas decorations. Even before Halloween I see signs for Christmas light services. Come on, people, you have almost two months! Let’s pump the breaks, maybe ease back for a minute.
It seems the only thing we do associate with Thanksgiving as a holiday is “Black Friday”, the biggest shopping day of the year. Everyone goes out and fights to get a parking spot and run to get that last air filter for fifty percent off for their grandmother becuase they can’t think of anything better and cheaper to buy her.
So why so little emphasis on such an important holdiay?
The answer is greed.
We’ve become so consumed with buying the next hot ticket item that we totally overlook an awesome holiday. Not only do you get to spend time with your family, which can be posiive or negative depending on how you look at it. Yes, I’m talking to you, Negative Nelly who sits in the corner sulking because your parents wouldn’t let your flavor of the week, Jared, come over. Jared the 32 year old with a mustache and beat-up 1970s Volkswagon Van, hmmm I wonder why they don’t think he’s a keeper?
Not only do you get to spend time with those nearest and dearest to you, there’s also time off from school, and I don’t care who you are, everyone can appreciate that!
So I say, lets bring back Thanksgiving. Get out some decorations, heck you can even use some from Halloween, just say they’re “fall” decorations and I’m sure no one will hastle you about it, and if they do point out that they have no decorations and are therefore not very patriotic and have no class because they can’t even really go all out to celebrate a holiday that our nation is founded on.
Go out and make those pilgrims proud! They learned how to harvest corn for you, so the least you can do it enjoy a turkey with your family.