Saturday, November 10, 2012
A Mr. Jim Sully of the blog “Suldog” fame http://jimsuldog.blogspot.com/2012/10/yup.html has a bug up his butt on the early commercialization of Christmas.
I say rightly so!
I realize stores need to make money and The Christmas Season often makes or breaks many establishments but the decorations and Christmas music before Christmas dilutes the Holiday. This early start to Christmas also diminishes Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is a great holiday and it should not be pushed aside before Christmas. Perhaps the solution is to change some traditions which would give the merchants their season sales, honor Thanksgiving, and halt the dilution of Christmas. What am I suggesting?
Gift giving on Thanksgiving!
Yes, on Thanksgiving all the kids, grandkids, spouses, and parents should exchange the (new) Traditional Thanksgiving Gifts. This would generate some real Thanksgiving excitement. Think of it…what a glorious day it would be…football, turkey, sweet potatoes, pie, stuffing and STUFF!
An extra gift giving holiday would give merchants a boost without diluting Christmas and would at the same time add some new luster to a great holiday.
Gifts would be left around the highly decorated corn stalk tree. Little children would sit on the lap of the “Great Turkey” at the department store and ask for their Thanksgiving Gift. New Thanksgiving songs can be created and Justin Bieber can record the first Thanksgiving album.
“Deck the bird with Grandpa’s ax head”
“We Wish You were much more Thankful”
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Drumstick”
We could celebrate this holiday in school until atheists figure out that the Pilgrims were not really thanking the Indians, but in fact they were extremely (gasp) religious folks who were thanking (double gasp) GOD!
If we created the tradition of gift giving on Thanksgiving people would not be able to prepare for Christmas until after December first, a manageable and reasonable start to the Christmas season.
I support Suldog’s cause of not starting the Christmas madness until after Thanksgiving. I think we can accomplish this by making Thanksgiving almost as big a deal as Christmas.