Just a few years ago, Thanksgiving was a special day dedicated to family and friends. It was a day of good food, drink and NFL football. Mom's and wives got up at 4:00am to throw the turkey in the oven and then snuck back to bed to catch a few more hours of sleep. Thanksgiving was turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. The stores were decorated with turkeys and horns a plenty. There were Thanksgiving specials dedicated to this great holiday. My how things have changed. We still cook the dinners, drink our wine and watch the traditional football games on TV. However, the retail business has thumbed their noses at Thanksgiving and now use it as a springboard to Christmas. In the words of Bob W., "It seems like that fat bastard Santa comes earlier every year"! Bob, you are so correct. Wilkes-Barre had their Christmas Parade last weekend which included the lighting of the big tree on Public Square. Many of the small towns and municipalities have their light lit along their main streets. Hell, right after Halloween, the stores quickly put up their Christmas decorations in hope that the jolly old cash register will fill even quicker. Whatever happened to the tradition of lighting the Christmas lights on Thanksgiving night?
It seems that Thanksgiving has been forgotten out there in our world. I see very few houses decorated as I drive through the towns, while almost no retail stores even give Thanksgiving a sniff. I know I do, because the smell of that gobbler cooking in the oven must be heaven! Instead, Thanksgiving has been relegated to a rung on the Christmas ladder. It has now been designated as the start of the Christmas season. It has lost its identity. We have forgotten about the Pilgrims and the Indians sitting down to a meal together. We have forgotten about the thanks that we should be giving for all of the good things in life. Most of all we have forgotten that Thanksgiving is NOT part of Christmas. It is a holiday in itself. Frankly, I am sickened by the lack of attention this great holiday gets. It's time we put Christmas on hold for just a little while and enjoy what we have. So to all of you, I say Happy Thanksgiving and keep on Griping!
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