The word ‘season’ is a misnomer in regard to the holidays. Our American calendar has morphed into a calendar-oriented, capitalistic piece of paper. I’m all for capitalism but not at the loss of meaningful moments.
I am disheartened when I see back-to-school supplies out right after July 4th. But, wait, isn’t July 4th the celebration of our independence as a nation? Not so much anymore, it’s the start of yet another shopping season. If you don’t believe me, try to buy summer clothing after that point in time.
Halloween stuff is out by Labor Day, Christmas stuff before Halloween now. My cutoff for Christmas has always been Thanksgiving. I do often decorate right after Thanksgiving but that’s in large part due to the extra day off I have that weekend.
I try never to forget the significance of any holiday. Today I have a great deal to keep in mind while giving thanks. My mother and uncle are still with me in this life. Though I will not be spending the day with them, they are always in my thoughts. Today I will be partaking in the holiday with my significant other and his family. It’s a new experience for me and one I embrace wholeheartedly. Change can be good, for everyone. It reminds me of the psalm that espouses the concept of “Turn, Turn, Turn,” and the basis for the great song by the Byrds. Life is always changing; embrace it and don’t be afraid of new things.
The one change I can’t get used to is the fact that our commercial lives revolve around the “holidays.” For me, each holiday is unique and special and I refuse to buy into the hype. I will not shop on Thanksgiving, I will not participate in Black Friday, and I will not display a Christmas decoration prior to the day after Thanksgiving.
Call me old fashioned, out of touch, or whatever you wish. I. Don’t. Care. For me, today’s holiday is all about giving thanks for what I have, for what my relatives provided me, for what this country means to me. I have another 30 days to contemplate the meaning of Christmas, the real meaning of Christmas as conveyed by Linus to Charlie Brown.
Enjoy the peace and magic of Thanksgiving. Take a few moments to give thanks for what you have.