It's here! It's here! The first day of November. The more I think about it, the more I realize how much I enjoy this month. If I had to choose a favorite, November would probably be it. (Thankful #1) Halloween is over. (Thankful #2) It is a month of birthdays. Two of my cousins, two of my best friends, AND my birthday falls in November — & everyone should be grateful for another year on this earth. Life is a gift. (Thankful #3)
Then, there is Thanksgiving. I love Thanksgiving. (Thankful #4) It is a holiday filled with family (Thankful #5) & food (Thankful #6). Two of my most favorite things! And, perhaps one of the most obvious, it is a day to be thankful. . . to reflect on our blessings & to make them be known (Thankful #7). It is a simple, but meaningful holiday. I LOVE THAT.
It infuriates me that Thanksgiving gets crapped on every year.
I didn't realize how much until recently. I used to work in retail management for several years. It meant my Thanksgiving was terribly rushed, at best. BUT, more often than not, it meant I had no Thanksgiving because I was so exhausted & needed to sleep. I'd work late the night before, setting up for Black Friday sales, then I would go into work the night of Thanksgiving to open the store to let people get started on their Christmas shopping that much earlier. It was just part of the job. . . & while, admittedly, I do miss quite a few aspects of my retail career, I am so, so grateful to be out of its clutches. (Thankful #8)
Why is shopping for material things so much more important than spending quality time with your family? ON A HOLIDAY? Are we so used to our “go, go, go” mentality that we can't just PAUSE for ONE DAY to enjoy life's most precious things? I don't get it. I just don't get it.
Then, there are those that are of the belief that as soon as Halloween is over, Christmas is fair game. Um, WHAT?!
When did Thanksgiving start getting so disrespected??
Set aside its history & just look at its name. THANKSGIVING. Give thanks, people. Take the time. Enjoy it. Spend time cooking & eating & talking with your loved ones. Maybe even watch a little football. (My Seahawks are playing on Thanksgiving this year, I believe! LOL – Thankful #9.)
Don't get me wrong. I do not dislike Christmas.
It's just that it takes over. It's just not cool. It has morphed into a commercialized, ridiculously gaudy two-month affair that consumes everything around it. I am working on learning to enjoy it more since my mother's death. I truly am. BUT, why does it have to be so all-consuming this time of year? It doesn't help me learn to love it more.
I should be grateful that we all have the freedom to choose . . . & I am. Honestly. (Thankful #10) But, I have to admit that I just don't understand all of this hype. Let me enjoy my November. . . Then maybe I can learn to also enjoy Christmas.
What are your thoughts? Do you love Christmas & look for the time it is socially acceptable to let it take over? Or do you wish it'd quit creeping in on the rest of the year? Maybe you are somewhere in between. . . ? Comment below or strike up a conversation on Facebook. I'd love to hear your thoughts too.