It seems to me in the past decade or so Thanksgiving has become the black sheep of the American Holiday family. Oh sure, everyone is always lauding the amazing feasts, and football, and travel plans to see loved ones. But let’s be honest, Black Friday has turned into the holiday and Thanksgiving is really just a day dedicated to cooking excessively.
And it goes beyond that.
Every year more and more people are putting up Christmas decorations as soon as the Halloween ones come down on November 1st. This is unacceptable. I’m not saying one needs to decorate for Thanksgiving – in fact it’d probably be pretty dull. But I’m of the mind that the absolute earliest any Christmas decorations should go up is the Monday following Thanksgiving – and that still makes me cringe a little. Personally I would never put up any decorations before December 1st. Am I being a grinch? Some would probably say so. But seriously folks even if you wait until December 1st to put up your lights and tree you still have the whole month to marvel at your handiwork and sing your carols and hope your insane lights display makes it on the news. Most people don’t take down their tree or decorations until after New Year’s Day, and that’s cool.
But don’t be that guy. Don’t put up your Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving. Enjoy Thanksgiving. And for the love of God stay home on Thanksgiving – don’t leave dinner at 6pm to go stand in line at Wal-Mart. Then you become part of the problem. You really need that shitty quality no-name brand HDTV that much? No. Family first. Hit the mall on Black Friday see what you can find. But let’s make Thanksgiving a good whole holiday again, please. And leave the boxes of tangled lights to the Griswolds until December.
Now, pass the stuffing.