Every month there is some sort of holiday or special event that we celebrate. You could live in the United States, England, or even on Mars, I don’t care where I just know that you celebrate something (be it a national holiday, a local celebration, or maybe your friend’s birthday). Each of the twelve months has something to offer.
Except in November.
What’s that you say? There is a holiday in November? Oh, that’s right, Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is the forgotten holiday in my book. You may think I am crazy, but let me explain.
First, when kids start heading back to school, the stores start packing their items with superhero costumes, gore makeup, leaf decorations, pumpkin figurines, and big family size packages of candy. We all groan and say, “But it’s only August!” Yet we all stock up on the goodies and prepare for the festive holiday of Halloween. Not long after Halloween merchandise comes out do we begin to see tinsel, jingle-bell cards, fake pine trees, shiny ornaments, dreidels, and Jolly ol’ Saint Nick. Again, we groan, “But it’s only the end of October!” Pretty soon everyone starts getting excited about December, and all the fun things that come with it. Ah, just hear those sleigh bells ringing and jing ting tingaling.
Hold the one-horse open sleigh, we just skipped a holiday!
But I thought Christmas comes after Halloween?
We are forgetting a holiday! Now, I don’t mean we are directly forgetting Thanksgiving, but unless you are in elementary school making pilgrim hats and hand-traced turkeys, you don’t really care too much about this holiday. Maybe your mom made you go pick up some canned cranberry sauce and that made you remember that Thanksgiving is approaching. You probably care more about Black Friday (that iPad is $100 cheaper…). We are forgetting what the holiday is about. We are too busy thinking of the vacation we get in December or the snow or the gifts. Calm it down folks, it ain’t Christmas just yet.
It’s not our fault that we want the Christmahanakwanza spirit to come a little early. With the stores packing their shelves with all of December’s favorite things it’s hard not to get ahead of yourself. And that darn radio…
Whatever happened to listening to winter jingles when it is actually the time of the year? I don’t want to hear how mommy kissed Santa and that you want a hippopotamus for Christmas, or that you want me for Christmas. I don’t want to hear about chestnuts roasting on some open flame, or how some reindeer had a deformed nose that glowed. I will listen to all of these perhaps the week before Christmas.
Call me crazy, but I would like to enjoy my November.
To all of you who rushed to put out your Christmas lights, and light-up reindeer and hanging stars and other gaudy ornaments of the winter season, shame on you! It isn’t even December! I would say a fair time for hanging up the decorations is after Thanksgiving. No earlier than that.
The holidays around December are always fun. It’s all about having fun with friends and family, and being thankful for what you have (and maybe getting a gift or two…). But that’s also what Thanksgiving is all about. Sure, it’s a total American holiday (especially since it revolves around eating) but who is to say we don’t have a right to celebrate? You should enjoy the time you get to spend with your friends and family, sit around the table and talk about what you are thankful for, and of course, eat delicious and fattening foods. Let’s just put the pause on December shall we? Then maybe you will hear me singing, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…”