Thanksgiving Comes First

Today's post is in response to this wonderful and thought-provoking post on Suldog's blog.

I remember being a kid and seeing only Halloween decorations in the stores from around the beginning of October until Halloween. Then I think there were general fall decorations until very close to Thanksgiving. Cornucopias and such. The day after Thanksgiving, it was all-out Christmas.

Now I love Christmas as much as the next person. I mean I love to bake. For me, there is no excuse for baking like Christmas. Oh the cookies! As a child, my mom would make about ten different kinds of cookies and give them out to family and friends. Decorative metal tins would be stacked around ready to be filled and given away. Christmas was always a HUGE deal for my family.

I digress. But the point I want to make clear is that I'm no Grinch. There will be celebrating happening on this blog. During the Christmas season! It's not here yet! Thanksgiving comes first. Have we as a nation forgotten?

I know there are those of you who are already planning all sorts of Christmas desserts and blog events. Many of you may have already started your shopping. For me. I just cannot handle it yet. Thanksgiving is one week from today. Can't we just enjoy that holiday before diving into the Christmas season? Now I do have ads on my blog. I cannot control the content and there may be some Christmas ads on here. It may seem a bit hypocritical, if you are reading this while seeing dancing and flashing presents on my left sidebar.

Well, I do wish they would hold off until next Friday for those advertisements. I wish all retailers would hold off. I went into CVS and felt overwhelmed by the sheer Christmasness of it all. There is just too much of it. At a certain point it is just tacky, but that's me. And it's too early!

If we as a nation could maybe take this week and think about all that we have to be grateful for, it might do us all some good. Thanksgiving is a great holiday. There's still tons of great food and we don't have to worry about buying presents or expecting to get any. No gift-giving anxiety, disappointment or over-spending. We can just enjoy a great meal with family and friends. I'm not into football, but for those who are, well that's a pretty good day for it too.

On Sognatrice's blog, I noticed that she and many other bloggers are partcipating in 30 Days Of Thanks as part of NaBloPoMo, where everyday in November they write what they are thankful for. I think this is a wonderful idea. It started here on Boogiemum's Blog.

I haven't done the 30 days, but from now through Thanksgiving, I plan to write what I'm thankful for. Today I am so thankful that my back is feeling better and I walked without limping all of today.

If any of you feel the same way about how Thanksgiving has been overlooked, I hope you'll write a post entitled "Thanksgiving Comes First" and link back to Suldog's post. Let's spread the word and enjoy Thanksgiving first! This is the last update to this post, but click here for links to some of the other participants in this new Thanksgiving Revolution.

*Updated* I just read an interesting post here about what really happens behind the scenes when the Thanksgiving Turkey is photographed for magazines. Can you handle it?

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FH said…
My next post will be for Thanksgiving!:))
Suldog said…

Thank you, my friend.

(I think the "30 Days Of Thanks" thing is wonderful, also. Great idea!)

So right, and so glad your back is better.
AVIANA said…
congrats on your back being better....

yeah i'm the same birthday falls around thanksgiving, i was actually born on thanksgiving day..

people thing of halloween then christmas...people just walk over thanksgiving like it's apassing note..hey it's a special holiday...i was born!

oh well..have a nice one...
Lisa Johnson said…
Fénix (Bostonscapes DP) - Welcome! And thanks for dropping by! I really enjoyed your post. :D

asha - I'm looking forward to it! ; )

suldog - You're welcome!

bipolarlawyercook - Thanks!

aviana - Early Happy Birthday! I knew it was a great day! : )
Cynthia said…
Rant on my friend! Saying thanks, if only we did it more often.
Lisa Johnson said…
cynthia - LOL! Ooops! Was I ranting? Well, it was a good rant at least. : )
Anonymous said…
Hi Anali,

Thank you for reminding me to check out your blog! It's really interesting. I seem to recall a time when advertisers remembered Thanksgiving, and only put up Christmas decorations after. Or was I dreaming?

I just found out about the Thanksgiving blogging, so I'll start a little late, but better late than never.

I'm glad to meet you, and I'll be delving into your blog even more. I like baking (but not cooking), and once upon a time I was almost a lawyer too. Small world!
Lisa Johnson said…
theda k - Welcome! Thanks so much for dropping by. It really is a small world isn't it? ; )
amisha said…
i completely agree with the early christmas stuff.. it makes me crazy. it seems sometimes like there is no opportunity to just be in the moment when we are always racing to the next holiday!
but now thanksgiving is over and i'm still not ready for christmas :)

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