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The forgotten holiday

We’re at the time of year where time goes fast, what with Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas upon us already.

 

“It’ll be here before you know it,” is the common catchphrase.

People already are anticipating the holidays, the hustle and bustle and sometimes the frayed nerves of searching for the ultimate Christmas gift.

Christmas has become a multi-billion dollar shopping event giving rise to opinions the reason for the season has long since been submerged beneath a ton of tinsel and evergreens.

Somewhere in the past 25 years, Halloween has emerged as a major event, with spending rivaling that of Christmas.

A survey by the National Retail Federation predicts 170 million people will spend $8 billion on Halloween this year, both highs in the 10-year history of the survey.

Once a holiday seemingly reserved for children, more and more adults celebrate Halloween through expensive parties and props in an attempt to escape reality for at least one day.

Somewhere in the middle of it all lies Thanksgiving, the forgotten holiday in many people’s eyes.

No one cares about poor, little old Thanksgiving, a co-worker once lamented, and on many levels I have to agree with that assessment.

It doesn’t have the cache or the commercial appeal of either Christmas or Halloween.

It’s a family holiday, a day of thanks and a day of reflection, far more relaxed than the monstrous retail extravaganzas of the holidays it lies between.

Perhaps, that’s by design, a time of rest before the Black Friday, the first big shopping day of the Christmas season, and I’ve come to appreciate it even more as the years have gone by.

Thanksgiving does not lend itself to fancy decorations or costumes, and it doesn’t lend itself to consumer consumption.

It’s about faith and family and celebration of the season’s harvest, a true time to give thanks for what one has, not for what one wishes for.

As we all go about our daily ritual and anticipate the final two months of the year, don’t forget little old Thanksgiving.