Sandwiched between Halloween and Christmas is a very special holiday — Thanksgiving.
It’s a day set aside to give thanks and count our blessings, but it’s also a day many tend to overlook with Halloween merchandise hitting stores in mid-August.
If that’s not bad enough, the Christmas merchandise then hits the shelves weeks later.
Do I need to be bombarded with Christmas trees and lights sitting next to shelves of Halloween costumes and pumpkins? Not really.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas and all the decorating and baking that goes with the holiday, but first, let me enjoy Thanksgiving.
Let me spend time with my family, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, sitting around the table having an actual conversation and eating too much turkey, mashed potatoes, green-bean casserole and my personal favorite, sweet-potato casserole. Oh, and don’t forget, the pecan pie for dessert!
For so many years, when my extended family gathered for Thanksgiving, it also was the day we sat around the kitchen table thumbing through the mountain of ads for the Black Friday sales.
I would scope out if there was anything I wanted badly enough to get up before the crack of dawn to shop for before work the next day.
In years’ past, there usually was something I would brave the crowds in search of, but not so much lately.
Some of the fun has been taken out of Black Friday shopping as so many of the stores start their Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving Day.
In my opinion, that’s just wrong. Those store employees should be home with their families and friends not dealing with the throngs of shoppers looking for that deal.
Many people chose to hit the stores on Thanksgiving Day, but I am not one of them.
I absolutely refuse to shop on a day that I believe should be spent with family, giving thanks for all the blessings we have.
And, we are blessed. We live in a country where millions of men and women have fought for and died for the freedoms we enjoy. Let’s not take that for granted.
Let’s also not take Thanksgiving for granted.
Instead, with a grateful heart, let’s take a few moments to say an extra prayer for our health, family, friends and all the other blessings we enjoy each and every day of the year.
I know I will. What about you?