It seems like every year the Christmas displays in the stores go up earlier and earlier. The retailers go from Summer Clearance! to Christmas Specials! in the blink of an eye. This year there was Halloween candy on one aisle and Christmas decorations on the next--they are now leaping from one selfish holiday (GIMME CANDY) to another (GIMME PRESENTS). Don't get me wrong--I enjoy Halloween and Christmas--within reasonable parameters...and hopefully in the spirit of giving.
The problem that I see is we are dismissing and skipping over the THANK YOU in between. Of course stores are going to promote the holidays from their point of view: WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME? It's their job to make money-- and more so this year with the economy spiraling downward. Our sense of gratitude need not spiral downward along with it. It's up to us to take back Thanksgiving. Take a moment today to "Count your many blessings, name them one by one..."
And maybe tomorrow sometime between the turkey and the pie, think of the Pilgrims and the sacrifices they made so you can stuff yourself with food and watch football.