It’s Time to Say Thank You

Every fourth Thursday of November, families gather around tables to share a special meal which usually involves turkey. This ONE day was declared a national holiday by Abraham Lincoln so Americans could give thanks for their their blessings. But in recent years, Thanksgiving has lost its punch because the holiday now finds itself buried under “Black Friday” shopping ads. Some stores even open on Thursday afternoon with their door buster sales. Am I  nuts to think this is nuts? Are we Americans really that eager to join throngs of frantic people rushing from store to store before the leftovers are even refrigerated?

Personally, I like to give each holiday its due. Face it, we only have one Easter, one 4th of July, one Memorial Day, one Labor Day, one Veteran’s Day and one Halloween per year. Why rush it all?

It seems holidays in general have become little more than a day off for over-worked employees, except of course, the poor people who have to work on the holidays because heaven forbid the stores might lose a couple of bucks in revenue if they shut their doors. Bah Humbug!

I’m old enough to remember when stores were NOT open on Sundays. We took twenty-four hours to just relax. If we needed a gallon of milk, well, we stocked up on Saturday or waited until Monday to refill the frig. Nobody died because we didn’t have enough milk. But that was before companies studied the 40-hour week and found it was more efficient to put people on 4-day work schedules for ten hours and rotate them during the rest of the month. Luckily, I didn’t ever have to work such crazy hours, but my daughter now does. And I tell you, she looks tired all of the time.

We also waited for every holiday and enjoyed the festivities connected with each. The world was slower than, and frankly, speeding up the pace of living has turned most of us into nervous wrecks. I jumped off that merry-go-round about seven years ago with a premature retirement and to tell you the truth, I haven’t missed the helter-skelter world at all.

I just think it isn’t too much to ask to take one day out of the year and make a point of looking at your life and finding things to be thankful for. I understand sometimes when the bottom has dropped out of your world, this task can be more challenging. We’ve all been there. But I suggest if you don’t go hungry, have a roof over your head, and don’t have to fear a bomb will hit your house, bow your head and say “Thanks.”



9 thoughts on “It’s Time to Say Thank You

  1. This is a good post. You have the right idea. We will enjoy a simple Thsnksgiving meal and maybe a board game. No shopping on Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday for this family. This weekend can pass without me buying something.

    • Dan — I guess we’re old enough to have experienced the joy of holiday celebration at a slow pace. Glad to hear you’re not up for fighting the crowds either. Sometimes I just think I’m too old-fashioned.

      • In this case, old-fashioned is just the smart way to be. Fighting angry frantic people to save a few dollars on something that they will put back on sale anyway, really isn’t worth it.

  2. I too remember when stores were closed on Sunday. It was a time for families. We went to church and had Sunday dinner when we got home. Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks. One of the things I am thankful for is my friendship with you. I will be thinking of you.

    • Right back atcha Jane. You have remained one of my favorite friends; I only wish we lived closer so we could nurture our relationship. I’m still up for living like the “Golden Girls.” Remember?

  3. It’s awful the way these holidays lose their meaning through greedy corporations trying to make a buck. We don’t have a thanksgiving holiday here in Australia, but I hope you have a lovely and relaxing time spent giving thanks (instead of shopping till you drop like others) 😉

  4. If you are still breathing, you have something to be grateful for is how I look at things. I like to shop…without the crowds. I go early in the mornings for anything I need and I have only done a black Friday once at my last husbands insistence. Never, ever again. I rarely shop on a weekend unless I’m helping my daughter pick out new work cloths. It’s the only days she has. I’m old fashioned too. Nothing wrong with that. My son does his black Friday shopping online. Yup, I’m with you here. Let the day be a HOLIDAY, not a shopping, chaos inducing day. I think the problem is the baby boomers are by less and less and we are the largest market with money so retailers are really scrambling. Have a great Thanksgiving.

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