Oh man, this used to BOTHER me! I hated how Thanksgiving had a few puny weeks of recognition at the beginning of October and then suddenly BAM! Out come the Christmas trees, Christmas candles, Christmas wreaths, Christmas Christmas Christmas. Before November even happens, Christmas is on the go, with commercialism fires burning, leaving poor Thanksgiving in its wake.
For some reason, this year it hasn't bothered me quite so much. Or, more accurately, I'm seeing it differently. I'm excited to see the Christmas stuff perched on the shelf. I'm excited for the holiday season. To quote my two year old, "It's my fave-wit!" In a lot of ways, I think the "season" of Thanksgiving is quite appropriate to usher in the "season" of Christmas. Gratitude is always a nice platform. And, I know, people have their anti-Thanksgiving sentiments, claiming the pilgrims were vegan or something and that it actually happened in Hawaii or whatever but I, for one, love Thanksgiving and the turkey and the sweet potato casserole and the general history behind it. Call me a sucker or naive. You're probably right and I don't care.
PASS THE PUMPKIN PIE.
Either way, for some reason, this year I am seeing a bit of cohesiveness between the two seasons that has left me feeling fine with the onslaught of Christmas decor dominating the shelves of the stores I frequent. I mean, don't get me wrong--I'm not advocating the commercialism of it all--I'm speaking on the general spirit of it all. I really don't mind the overlap.
But what do you think?
If you do a Christmas tree, do you set it up before or after Thanksgiving? Do you have a general rule?
Do you think Thanksgiving gets the recognition it deserves or do you even care at all?
Just some curious Christmas questions. :)
Happy Monday, friends!