Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The forgotten holiday


Did you know there's a holiday between Halloween and Christmas??

I did.
It's called Thanksgiving.
The forgotten holiday.

Apparently the rest of America does not remember.
Gone are the pumpkins and fall decor.
The radio stations are already playing holiday music 24/7
The Christmas trees and lights have already taken over.
The Sunday Ads are flooded with holiday gift ideas.
National Lampoons Christmas Vacation was on CMT.

W.T.F.

Somewhere along the line, Thanksgiving has become my favorite holiday.
For starters, it's way more low key than Christmas.
No shopping required.
There's tons of yummy food.
Great football.
Tons of family and friends.
It's a long weekend.
The weather is usually still pretty mild.
And it's the KICKOFF to the Christmas season.
Not the afterthought.

So why does it seem like this poor step child of the holidays gets overlooked every year??

Don't get me wrong.
I'm no scrooge.
I LOVE Christmas and all it entails.
But please, for the love of all that's holy, please stop with the Jingle Bells already!

Kthankbai.


27 comments:

KLaw said...

I love me some Spanksgiving. Next to Halloween, its my favorite for all the reasons you mentioned.

Patience said...

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It won't be forgotten in my house :)

Gwen said...

Awe!!! We all love Thanksgiving but you're right it definitely gets lost in the fluff of the other holidays. Thanksgiving day is totally the kickoff to our Christmas season. I spend the day cooking and putting up decorations while everyone watches the Macy's Parade and enjoys the day. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving this year!!! XOXO

SG said...

I noticed today that the shopping center by my office has xmas decorations up already! WTF?! It's only Nov. 4th. I love Thanksgiving, can't wait to stuff myself silly this year.

Lindsey said...

Seriously, there are Christmas decor everywhere now! Sheesh!

Kristen said...

ha ha! I LOVE me some Thanksgiving. It's my absolute favorite holiday! But, I love listening to Christmas music... in fact, I'm listening to the "sounds of the season" channel as I type... LOVE IT! But I will not forget Turkey Day... no can do... love it too much!

bananas. said...

HA! this is true. i hate when the second it turns november...BAM! holiday music 24-7 for the rest of the year! it's insane! i have come to truly appreciate this forgotten holiday and actually prefer it to christmas sometimes.

Robyn said...

Thanksgiving is also my favorite even though it does get shuffled in between the holidays--It's all about family and friends without all the money spending!

nifer said...

Amen! I couldn't agree with you more. Halloween day, boyfriend and I were driving around, and a big furniture store up here already had their Christmas garlands, wreaths and bows on the outside of the store! It was Halloween day! Argh.

Thanksgiving is also my fav holiday, and I can't wait. I'm begging my mom to do it this year, because for the first year in a while, it might go to my aunt's house. But I ADORE my mom's Thanksgiving dinner like no other.

~ Jen

nifer said...

Amen! I couldn't agree with you more. Halloween day, boyfriend and I were driving around, and a big furniture store up here already had their Christmas garlands, wreaths and bows on the outside of the store! It was Halloween day! Argh.

Thanksgiving is also my fav holiday, and I can't wait. I'm begging my mom to do it this year, because for the first year in a while, it might go to my aunt's house. But I ADORE my mom's Thanksgiving dinner like no other. And, yes, the football! Ah!

~ Jen

Mrs. Misadventure said...

I went to the store ON HALLOWEEN and the huge christmas display was the first thing you saw when you walked in! The asiles have already been filled with ornaments and pumpkins are on sale for like 50 cents. madness!!

Allison said...

You know, I've been wondering that myself. I love thanksgiving for about a hundred different reasons and I'm sad to see it shoved out of the way for Christmas.

Annie said...

you kidding me?! how could anyone forget thanksgiving!?! i LOVE thanksgiving and feasting! my pumpkins and all my fall decor are staying out until thanksgiving ;)
i might be watching christmas movies already such as elf but that's just because i love christmas movies! you won't catch me listening to christmas tunes though!

Ann said...

Right there with you!!!!! I am now flying my Harvest flag - I love ALL the holidays.....never miss one.....LOL

Dave and Jenn said...

I completely agree! My birthday is in early November, and I REFUSE to start thinking about Christmas before that day or Thanksgiving. It creeps me out to see Christmas decorations and hear Christmas music the day after Halloween.

Geez.

Hailey {HRH} said...

i agree. its still odd to me that there is so much christmas stuff out. even BEFORE halloween there was already so much cmas out. man. but just think theres only like 52 days until cmas - so this is the retail industrys way of trying to get us to do more early shopping!

ModernMom said...

I swear to you my neighbours take in their pumpkin and put up their Christmas tree! Now, our Thanksgiving here in Canada is before Halloween...but C"MON!!

ModernMom said...

How was I not following you? I read you all the time! Following now!

Brittany Ann said...

Amen! It's my fav, too! SO much less pressure than Christmas!

ihatemichigan said...

I know...I went to target to get a thanksgiving table runner for my table...no such luck. They went straight from halloween to christmas. And they ahve christmas ornaments everywhere...lame

Jax said...

Dude. I SO agree.. I get angry when Christmas music is on the radio RIGHT NOW. I mean.. come one, peeps... Sheesh!!!!!!

Lucky in Love said...

I totally get what you are saying. Although I am in love with everything Christmas and I have no problem with seeing things in the stores already...I'm a fan of Thanksgiving! Who doesn't like pie...I mean giving thanks? :)

Jules said...

I completely agree. It seems the day after Halloween that most people go straight into Christmas mode. Thanksgiving is a holiday that I have always loved. It is so nice to have a long weekend, eat delicious food, watch football and just relax with the family. Black Friday shopping has also become a tradition that I look forward to each year.

brooke said...

i totally agree!!! on halloween DAY we went into target and hanging from the ceiling in the entrance was their christmas decorations...WHAT?!?! went to the bucks...got a read holiday cup...um.seriously do you know it is still a good four weeks before decemeber?!?! gimmie some time folks!!! okay...breathing...calming...but seriously this is madness...

and YES all the reasons you listed are way i too LOVE me some thanksgiving!!!

Crazy Shenanigans said...

I love Thanksgiving, don't get me wrong! I know I talk about Christmas a lot but I always enjoy thanksgiving just as much...well ok..not AS much but way better than the other holidays!

d.a.r. said...

Sorry I am a total Thanksgiving hater...haha. I just don't like the food and would rather celebrate Christmas twice, haha!

I am a freak about Christmas :)

Kristin said...

I'm still rocking my pumpkin paraphernalia proudly!