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.




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I was in a store before Halloween and Christmas decorations were already on display. I remember as a kid that Christmas was not put out until the first day of December. Things need to go back that way. I love the spiritual side of Christmas but the commercial side makes me sick. Its all about the all mighty dollar!


Well, I can understand why some people go ahead and decorate for Christmas at Thanksgiving. One, nowdays, families are spread out all over the country and the only time they get to see each other is one holiday a year. Sometimes, the Christmas decorations get put up to celebrate welcoming home family for the Thanksgiving holiday--because they won't get to see each other on Christmas. Even before Veterans day, I can understand it because maybe they're seeing a family member who is coming home from Afghanistan and got the holiday off. Also, some people go ahead and decorate their house the weekend before Thanksgiving because they're going to be gone after Thanksgiving and won't have time to decorate later.

My point is, you shouldn't judge others for when they start celebrating the holiday because you don't know what their situation is.

I'm thankful to live in a country where there are not laws that dictate when one can and can't decorate for Christmas.

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