As of Wednesday, November 7, 2018
It’s been said before by many, but we only have ourselves as a society to blame.
Thanksgiving isn’t even here, and there are Christmas trees and gifts already on the shelves.
Why is this? Why are we forgetting Thanksgiving and skipping directly to Christmas?
Because people buy those Christmas items.
It is the same reason stores are open Thanksgiving Day, now.
People are so caught up in buying everything they can get their hands on, finding the best bargains, that they forgot the meaning of the holiday itself.
Personally, I like to celebrate one holiday at a time. I don’t begin looking for the “perfect” gifts or new decorations until Thanksgiving is over.
I don’t join the Black Friday frenzy.
Halloween is barely behind us, yet I went shopping for some potting soil at the local “super store” and saw Christmas items throughout the garden center before that spooky, fun holiday had even arrived.
I hear people complain about the commercialism of different holidays, yet they still take part in contributing to the commercialism they bemoan.
The only way to stop the madness of forgetting one (or two) holidays in favor of Christmas is to stop getting sucked into the void.
I don’t care how beautiful that Christmas tree is, or how wonderful it would be to buy Johnny that one special toy while it is available on the shelf.
Johnny doesn’t really NEED that toy anyway. He needs to know he is important and loved.
I have always tried to keep things simple in my household. My children didn’t get a boatload of toys and gadgets under the tree. They had clothes and just a few items to unwrap because I wanted them to know they mean more to me than anything money can buy.
It doesn’t hurt that I have always kept myself to a budget, never having to incur debt.
Thanksgiving, also a rather simple holiday in my family. We typically had just the five of us to enjoy the day anyhow.
But I recognize the day to be grateful for what I have and not covet the things I don’t have.
I know, realistically, the society we live in is not going to stop the madness of commercialism.
It would be nice, however.