The house was lit up, shining bright in the darkness of night.
There was clearly a lot of thought, a lot of design, a lot of work and whole lot of staples used to hang up all of those Christmas lights.
Obviously this house, which I saw on the way to cover a high school football playoff game outside of Florence, was definitely in the Christmas spirit.
This bothered me a little. Before you say “bah humbug” and label me scrooge, I’m a fan of Christmas. But the reason this irked me is because I saw this house two days before Veterans Day.
The real reason we celebrate Christmas, the birth of Christ, should be celebrated every day. But the secular side has gone into hyper-mode. As soon as the Halloween decorations come down, the Christmas decorations go up. I know people love Christmas, but early November is too early to have a plastic Santa with his Reindeers on your roof.
To me, the countdown to Christmas should not kick off until after Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving? What’s that you ask. You remember what Thanksgiving is don’t you. It’s that holiday on the fourth Thursday of November that people only remember because it gets the out of work for the day.
Thanksgiving has become the red-headed stepchild of the holiday season.
Nowadays people are still eating Halloween candy while putting up their Christmas trees. Come on people, Thanksgiving still deserves your respect.
It’s a holiday in which you reflect on what your thankful for, which is perfect as he steamroll toward a holiday where many only focus on what their getting.
There may be no gifts at Thanksgiving, but when you love turkey and dressing as much as I do, it’s one of the greatest days of the year.
Sadly, Thanksgiving has basically become a pre-game meal for Black Friday shoppers.
They load up on protein and carbs because they’ll need plenty of energy when they’re racing to the electronics aisle or fighting someone over the latest must-have toy.
Now stores are even starting those sales on Thanksgiving night, meaning shopping will soon replace the turkey and the family gatherings all together. The pilgrims and indians are being replaced by shoppers and retail associates. Who needs to watch the Dallas Cowboys play when we can watch bare-knuckle brawls break out over touch-screen tablets at the local mega-store.
To all of us who remember Thanksgiving, I wish you a blessed day. To those who have only shopping on the brain or have already focused solely on Christmas, hopefully that means there will be plenty of turkey and dressing left over for the rest of us.