Sunday, November 06, 2011

Thanksgiving Comes First

A number of years ago, my swell pal Suldog began a campaign for stores to stop with the drive toward Christmas beginning earlier and earlier each year.  This year he has an article published in the Boston Herald.  Please go read it, but not until you read and comment here first.  (No, I'm not being a total narcissist.  Suldog would make a similar plea if things were reversed and he'd have some crazy long parenthetical side as well.  I'm just mimicking him because that is a form of flattery and he really is a very swell pal of mine.  HIS WIFE [the all caps are how he denotes her on his blog, and hey look....a parenthetical within a parenthetical!] is also super swell.) Let's face it, when Christmas displays start cropping up in stores alongside the Back to School merchandise it's way too freaking early.  That's just obscene.  Something has to be done.

Now Suldog made his plea for holiday orderliness and folks to join him back in October.  Part of me wants to say I was waiting for Halloween to pass first because really Halloween comes before Thanksgiving but mainly I am just way behind on all manner of things.  (The dust bunnies in my house have evolved into dust gorillas and the stack of ironing....Lord have mercy...) If memory serves, he also tagged me in some sort of meme thing way back in September.  I'll get there eventually.  One can't rush things.

Which brings me to my point, and I do have one.  To everything there is a season.  September is for getting back in the school groove.  October is for my birthday, changing leaves, and Halloween. (And may I just say I don't mind snow in its proper season but when we get 8 inches dumped on us BEFORE Halloween it's enough to make me want to petition whoever is in charge of that.  Not that I think it will get me any more than perhaps a thunderbolt at my impertinence.)  November is for Thanksgiving and December...D-E-C-E-M-B-E-R...is for Christmas.

There is a rhythm to the year and November is for raking up the last leaves from the yard, making sure everyone is ready for the cold weather, and giving thanks.  (Unless you're Canadian, then you do all this in October.  Nonetheless, Thanksgiving still comes BEFORE Christmas.)  The clocks have changed so the evenings get darker earlier and they shorten throughout the month.  The various critters that hibernate are getting ready to do so.  Life slows down.  The slowing pace should allow for some contemplation and give an opportunity to pause and be grateful for whatever good the year has brought or if it was full of trial and tribulation at least to be glad for having survived it.  (I believe that gratitude for mere survival was an element present in the first Thanksgiving.)

So allow me to say it along with Suldog and all the other folks who have joined him in his effort.  When you see displays in stores or hear music on the radio or see specials on TV (I nearly had a conniption when I saw the Grinch Who Stole Christmas being aired the other night and my family knows I just won't tolerate Christmas movies until after Thanksgiving.)  I'm not being a Grinch about Christmas.  I just don't want Thanksgiving stolen away from me, especially this year.  It was a hellacious year but 1)we survived and 2)the blessings we've received are so worthy of being noted and savored in gratitude.

13 comments:

Craig said...

Hear, hear!

Well said, and you done the Suldog proud!

(And I won't even quibble about Advent beginning in late November; I knew what you meant. . .)

The Grinch aired in the single digits of November your way? That's just gross. . .

(And well played, with the square brackets inside the parentheses; altho [and I'm not certain about this] but I think it's supposed to be the other way around. . .

silly rabbit said...

I agree with all my heart! Time flies too fast as it is. I don't need to be rushed. One thing at a time and all in order. Very well said, lime.

Hilary said...

Nicely stated, Michelle. I'd be convinced, if I wasn't already convinced. Or Canadian.

Jocelyn said...

If I dislike all holidays save Halloween, can I roll over and let them be stolen because that then means I don't have to track any of them?

Anyhow, the Grinch Herself here takes your point--and congrats to Suldog!

Beach Bum said...

Thinking of building a fallout shelter and staying there from late August to the second week of January. The Holiday Season and all that goes with it is just too much for me now.

Bijoux said...

The last few years, I've seen Xmas trees set up at Kohl's in September. I think the whole retail push for Xmas is the reason I dread the entire holiday 'season' so much....it's just too damn long!

Cricket said...

Well, you already know I'm on board with all of this. Liked hearing your take, though, the more the merrier.

Honestly, my kids watch Rudolph and/or... well, I forget the real title... the one with Kris Kringle and the Burgermeister, even in summer. Ugh. But also, whatever. For some reason, I find it surreal in July, but irritating in November. In the fall, those are banned.

Suldog said...

Just now found this, so I'll include you in today's posting, post haste!

Thanks!!!

Eric 'Bubba' Alder said...

I think Christmas is like a dollop of delicious strawberry jam; it's meant to be put on a single piece of bread and enjoyed thoroughly.

Try to use it for a whole loaf and you end up spreading it too thinly. It's just not as special that way and cheapens the season.

(But retailers don't care; they'll do anything for more bread!)


On a related note, there's a radio station in my area that plays Christmas songs non-stop starting November 1st.

coopernicus said...

xmas is cancelled this year in favor of sanity.

Craver Vii said...

Besides stepping on the toes of Thanksgiving, it's too much of a good thing. We can end up tired of the Christmas season before the big day arrives, and that's no good.

May I suggest that each of us ask our local stores for a "comment card" and express our dislike for how they ram Christmas madness down our throats earlier and earlier?

G-Man said...

I'm with you Trini...

Chickadee said...

Yup. I feel the same way. I get annoyed when I see the Xmas stuff out in early fall. I saw my first Christmas TV commerical the week of Halloween. Gads people, what's your hurry??