Thanksgiving Comes First!

Very appreciated, Nordstrom! 

This blog post was inspired by my good friend Jim. If you appreciate the sentiment in the picture to the left here, I highly recommend you go and read his post that I linked. I’ll wait.

Welcome back.

I decided to join in on this because it’s something that I feel is important. Not necessarily because of any enjoyment I get out of Thanksgiving as opposed to Christmas or Halloween really, but mostly because I hate the fact that holidays that aren’t mostly about merchants making money are being devalued.

My personal favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. I love the smells, I love the food, I love having family together. Granted, I love all these things about Christmas as well, but it’s different. During Christmas I’m always wondering if I spent enough money on the gifts that I gave out, or if one person is going to be upset that their gifts didn’t cost as much as someone else’s or did I exhibit enough excitement over the gifts that I got. Did the givers believe that I really liked / appreciated the gift they gave me? I hate how much emphasis is put on the spending of money. I also hate it when someone spends a bunch of money on me, knowing that I don’t have as much to spend on them, and they say “Oh, stop!”. Sure, it makes them feel good to give, but it makes me feel like a freaking loser. Thanks, merry Christmas, you ass.

The only requirement for Thanksgiving is that you stop, and you give thanks for the things you have. It’s very aggravating to me that because you’re not expected to drop a king’s ransom on junk for people, vendors try to fast forward over it.

This isn’t the only holiday I feel is squashed because it’s not a big money maker. Columbus day, for example. There are no Columbus day decorations or flags, or anything like that. I can’t even remember the last time I got the day off in honor of Columbus day. Martin Luther King day, is another one.

If this is something you agree with, please post a “Thanksgiving Comes first” post at your blog!

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11 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Comes First!

  1. Yes, you’re right, that’s another one that fries my arse. It’s nice to give thanks for what you have, but Veterans day should be about thanking those who made it possible.

  2. We’ve already had thanksgiving here in Canada….but I do agree…each event has its own place and time. Here I refuse to decorate for Christmas until the veterans have had their day on Nov 11. I won’t do Halloween until the Turkey has flown on Thanksgiving. I’m stubborn like that.

  3. Hrmph, that’s one issue that makes me more annoyed than is good for me. It’d be odd for me to use that title, but I’ll try to do something relevant for here. I’ve already seen Christmas “stuff” around – double hrmph. Sue

  4. I’m trying to find my “happy place” with most holidays…they take on new meaning when you become a single parent and face some of those holidays alone so the kids can be with the other parent. findahappyplacefindahappyplacefindahappyplace:)

  5. Thank you so much for joining in, Matt. Straight from the heart, and I surely do appreciate that. As promised at my place, I’ll be linking to everyone later this week.

  6. I know someone who gets so stressed out about the gift-giving/receiving part of Christmas that they skip it and don’t go home until Christmas dinner.Giving and receiving gifts well is a social skill–not always easy. The best part is giving to kids. On Christmas, mine will scream over new underwear (as long as it’s covered in Disney princesses!)

  7. Sorry for double commenting, but there is one industry who loves Thanksgiving–the airlines. The prices over this long holiday weekend have led our family of four to stay home instead of visiting my parents. It’s sad.

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