Or so says someone at work today. We were talking about shopping for Christmas gifts, especially on Black Friday, buying decorations and putting them up, and so on. He was not happy. But I have to agree, Thanksgiving, in the commercial form, has definitely been forgotten. I’d like to think that as families and friends, we still have the true meaning of Thanksgiving in our hearts. The stores have indeed done their best to re-direct our focus from Thanksgiving to preparing for Christmas.
I have always loved Thanksgiving. Family and friends are together, the food is incredibly delicious, and it gives us a time to reflect on how blessed and fortunate we truly are. But I have to admit, I also love preparing for, and beginning to celebrate, Christmas. I have fun on Black Friday shopping with my bestie and spending the weekend decorating for Christmas.
Christmas seems to bring the best out of most people. The human race seems to be more considerate and thoughtful of those less fortunate. Why is that? Why can’t that heartfelt caring for other humans carry throughout the year? I love to hear about people that are helping others, donating food and gifts. So if this is what happens with the early arrival of Christmas preparations, is it really all that terrible? I don’t think so. But I do think, as my friend at work, that we need to hold onto Thanksgiving ~ embrace the traditions and celebrate one holiday at a time.
So I will be cooking dinner for my son and his girlfriend, and you can be sure that they will know how thankful I am to have them in my life, I’ll most likely visit some friends and my niece as well. And yea I’ll be shopping on Black Friday.
Oh, and another thing, I challenge you all to make a donation of some sort through the upcoming holiday’s. Whether it be food donations, dropping off toys, anything to help someone in need. Get out there and embrace the holidays, show those that you love and care for that you are blessed to have them and help those in need.