This is under the "something that bothered me this week" category.
I love the holidays in the fall and winter. I love them ALL, meaning not just the traditional ones but the interesting ones like Day of the Dead and Winter Solstice. Celebrating is fun and I think they should all receive their due. This year though I feel like a very important holiday is getting the bum rush from the need for retail stores to sell, sell, sell.
Thanksgiving it seems has been forgotten in many ways or at least that is the impression that I have gotten since about Halloween. I have seen and heard thousands of Christmas commercials but no one seems to excited for Thanksgiving. I got the sneaking suspicion that this was the case way back in late summer when the fall decorations were not selling so well but the minute the Christmas trees went up and the sparkle came out, the ornaments were flying out the door. Forgotten were the cute accent plates, platters and table setting ware for Thanksgiving. The turkey salt and pepper shakers went on sale early along with the the turkey place card holders.
I also began to notice that almost no one (except maybe Williams Sonoma) was really advertising for Thanksgiving. It was already all about Christmas. The decorations were up in stores as well as on homes. I became disturbed, not because I was surprised. I mean ads for Christmas have been coming earlier and earlier every year. I AM upset because it seems like this year, more than ever, we have to be thankful for what we DO have.
Being in the financial industry, actually see how this crisis is hitting people other than me. Many of us have worked so hard to save and to have so much of it seemingly disappear, is extremely difficult. I just think that right now, it is so important for us all to concentrate on what we have, right now with family and friends, not about what want to get for Christmas or how much we can spend on gifts. We need the emotional support of our loved ones, staring us in the face so we can get through the next however long a time it takes to feel better about our situations. So please, if you can, wait on the Christmas decorations and concentrate on giving thanks for what we have this year.