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Save Thanksgiving! Stand Up Against the "War on Thanksgiving" and "Christmas Creep"
Keep Thanksgiving alive and well!
Thanksgiving is my very favorite holiday, in terms of both the spirit of the season and the décor and festivities.
But for years now it seems that the acknowledgment of Thanksgiving is being swallowed up by an ever-expanding focus on Christmas. You know what I mean.
This page is my contribution to keeping Thanksgiving alive in our minds and hearts, and resisting Christmas-creep.
The page is starting off small, but as this month of November goes on, I'll be adding reflections, links, and images related to the fight to save Thanksgiving.
The spirit of Thanksgiving vs. the spirit of Christmas Eve
The reason I love Thanksgiving so much is because of the emotional message that it carries. Thanksgiving is about being grateful and content with the things you have. That spirit of contentment is something that most of us need to cultivate more.
It is so easy to focus constantly on the things we still want. What we want to own next, want to accomplish next, want to fix next. But Thanksgiving is about looking at what's already around you and embracing the blessings that are already in your life, without an expectation of getting more.
In contrast, of course, the emotional message that has come to be associated with Christmas is that of fantasizing about all the shiny new stuff that you're just about to get. That restless, I-can't-wait feeling, write out your wish list, send a letter to Santa, hit the mall with credit card in hand.
Slow down. Spend November thinking about all the wonderful things you've already got. Cultivate a spirit of satisfaction and gratefulness. It feels so good.
November 12th, 2012. Veterans Day. The Carson Mall has fully decked its halls. Sigh.
Is it really that big a deal? - Tell me what YOU think!
I cringe when I walk into a store and see that winter holiday decorations have gone up as soon as the Halloween décor was taken down. I feel like my favorite holiday is being forgotten. Am I making too much of it?
Is the spirit of Thanksgiving under siege?
Count your blessings!
"Save Thanksgiving" links
- Jack's Coalition to Save Thanksgiving!
Sponsored by Jack FM, a radio station.
- Save Thanksgiving
- Save Thanksgiving from Christmas
- Forget consumerism . . . Save Thanksgiving!
- Please Don't Christmas Me Yet!
A blog post that I wrote a long time ago.
- Americans, Unite! Stand up to Christmas Creep.
A blog post by Adam Jeske.
- Don't Rush Thanksgiving - color print
A delightful cartoon that has even inspired a mall cookie.
And other cool Thanksgiving stuff on the web
- Thanksgiving Project on Facebook
Promoting ways to help needy families during the Thanksgiving season.
A "What Is Thanksgiving" book for children
© 2012 Joan Hall