The holiday season is rapidly approaching!
Snow is falling in some areas, temperatures are changing in others, the Menorahs are being pulled out of the attic, and Christmas trees are being decorated; latkes are being made, the mkeka and Kinara are being placed; the social gathering invitations are starting to roll in, the smell of cookies baking is beginning to fill homes…
Whether you celebrate Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas, or one of many other holiday traditions, the joy of the holiday celebrations are upon us!
American Thanksgiving is this weekend.
Black Friday Shopping (which now begins on Thursday, THANKSGIVING DAY, at most stores, meaning many people are missing Thanksgiving dinner with family in lieu of “doorbuster deals”)
the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with Santa Claus making his first appearance
stuffing ourselves like turkeys as we enjoy time with family and friends (hopefully…if you aren’t on the social media diet plan this Thanksgiving)
Cyber Monday shopping (now…Cyber WEEK… both online and in-store, cyber no more!)
Christmas tree lightings in major cities (NYC, November 30th)
and many more festivities.
So…unless we, as individuals, take the time to acknowledge Thanksgiving as a day to be thankful; gratitude on Thanksgiving seems to have been overshadowed by the consumerism of the holiday weekend, and possibly even by Christmas.
Did you notice, in fact, that Thanksgiving is no longer about Thanksgiving? It is mostly about preparing for Christmas! We aren’t given the opportunity to even celebrate one holiday, before the next one has completely upstaged it. Black Friday now begins on Thanksgiving Day. WHAT???
Christmas appears to now be a six-week celebration that begins Thanksgiving Day. Is this why statistically more US citizens have had a family turkey dinner at Thanksgiving than at Christmas, in past years… are they simply sick of the celebrations by the time December 25th rolls around? With Black Friday bargains, and the need for more “stuff” beginning to outshine quality time and experiences with family and friends, in the eyes of many, will Thanksgiving dinners begin to dimish as well? Black Friday now begins on Thursday… what next?
What if Thanksgiving were celebrated as Thanksgiving? A time to observe our blessings and give thanks, rather than to take part in 50% off sales and pre-Christmas celebrations.
If the lines were not blurred and we took the time for three days of solace and gratitude in a hectic, highly connected world, would we not experience more peace and more joy this Thanksgiving? Has the commercialism, the almighty dollar, the iPad on sale, become that much more important than our peace of mind?
Many Canadians have jumped on the Black Friday and Cyber Monday bandwagon. And I have had my home decorated for Christmas for a week now (due partially to convenience, and partly due to love of seasonal ambience), as have many others. So we are ALL at fault. However, when it comes to gift giving, our family, in the past few years, has begun to focus more on experiences and time together, than on material “things”. I guess we just need to make sure we are ALL questioning what is important.
In gratitude, joy and thanksgiving,