Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Changing Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving. A time for food, family, and festivity.

But is it now a time for shopping? As my mom was flipping through the sales papers this morning, she mentioned that more and more stores are staying open on Thanksgiving. One decided to be open and the rest sort of joined in.

It’s absolutely ridiculous to me.

What happened to taking the day off, surrounding yourself with the people you love the most, and celebrating all that you have to be thankful for?

Is my generation changing the meaning of Thanksgiving? We’re too busy; at work, at home, at school, always rushing here and there. It seems to me that we’re just too preoccupied with going places to take a momentary pause in our week to be thankful for everything we hold dear.

It’s absolutely ridiculous to me.

Thanksgiving is a time for tradition. For family, food, and festivity. To be thankful for everything that we have and had. It’s a day that reminds us to be thankful every day. For our family and for the friends that we have come to call our family.

And it’s probably one of the only days most Americans recollect all their blessings.

So why are we trying to “shop” it away? Let’s leave that to Black Friday.

Let’s leave Thanksgiving alone; stop changing its meaning. And just eat until we’re stuffed and laugh like it’s our job. And be thankful for everything that we have been blessed with.

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