Have we really forgotten Thanksgiving, and does it really matter?
I suppose only the wisest among us could really answer that great philosophical question. Shop in just about any store, and we will notice the Christmas decor comes out the day after … Halloween. As much as I love all things Christmas, Thanksgiving is actually my favorite holiday. Thanksgiving provides the same delicious food, family, friends, football, and fun with those you love, but without the stress of presents. I have no doubt there are some in the world who love to give and receive presents; however, there are those of us that find the pressure of finding just the right present a little overwhelming! AND, if that was not stressful enough, we have to open presents IN FRONT of people. I never have liked being the center of attention, so to have all eyes on me as I open up something brings on a little anxiety….and unfortunately, I am a tad socially awkward, so I never know what to say, even if it is the greatest present I have ever received. Honestly, it does not really bother me that the Christmas decor comes out early, for I get the benefit of enjoying the beauty a little longer, still knowing I have my low stress holiday to enjoy! Yet, Christmas could not stop with just pushing in with its greens and reds galore, for we are now being told we can shop on Black Friday as early as Thursday afternoon! WHAT?!? I am all for a good deal (Seriously, I have all the heart eyes for any good deal), but shopping on Thursday means we are robbing ourselves of the wonderful things I mentioned above. (Unless you find it fun shopping with friends and family, you watch football on your phone, and you take a leftover turkey sandwich with you for a shopping snack!) I plan on waiting a few more hours before I hit the mall. No deal is worth me coming out of my chocolate pie coma, or missing out on dominating at the 1000 piece puzzle we will be tackling, or yelling at the TV screen over some football play for a team I probably do not even really care about. Thanksgiving for me is about truly enjoying the things for which I am thankful, and … maybe enjoying the Christmas tree I have already put up. (I told you I loved all things Christmas!) Happy Thanksgiving!!!