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Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 12:00 am

It is quite obvious this time of year that America has decided to virtually skip Thanksgiving. As soon as Halloween is finished, Christmas movies, music and decorations begin to fill our televisions, radios and storefronts.

The only explanation for this phenomenon is consumerism. Think about it: Thanksgiving is about being thankful for what you already have. The American culture, at its core, is about the dream of having more.

This is why Halloween and Christmas gain so much attention, while Thanksgiving is swept under the rug. There is no receiving of free candy, gifts or anything else at the Thanksgiving table. You will walk away from Thanksgiving with less than what you arrived with in the first place, as your contributions will leave in other people’s stomachs.

We receive nothing at Thanksgiving, which is exactly why America cannot stand the holiday.

Thanksgiving in America has turned into that pesky waiting period before we can get back to our normal, selfish, materialistic lives on Black Friday. Our beloved corporate big-box stores have even helped alleviate this inconvenience by opening earlier and earlier on Thanksgiving night.

How long until Thanksgiving becomes nothing more than a four-day weekend shopping spree? How long until we get back to the roots of what this holiday was meant to celebrate? How long until we realize that we already have more than we deserve, need or even want? How long until we actually take advantage of what God has given us and then actually thank Him for it?

Happy Thanksgiving.

Tim Rusher

Lodi

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6 comments:

  • robert maurer posted at 9:13 am on Fri, Nov 29, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 442

    Speaking of the treatment of the American Indian by settlers centuries ago, check out how they are being treated today because of the love of gold,money,and power... www.sundancechannel.com/blog/2007/12/shoshone-use-film-courts-to... and www.barrick.live.radicaldesigns.org/article.php?id=240 and www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=14874

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 10:18 am on Thu, Nov 28, 2013.

    Walt Posts: 1069

    "Well, our little family will not follow the crowd"

    Good comments Quan.

    Ditto!

    [beam]

     
  • Quan Pham posted at 7:25 am on Thu, Nov 28, 2013.

    qpham63 Posts: 31

    Well, our little family will not follow the crowd. We will be skipping the black Friday rush that for some have already started this morning. We won't be participating that Cyber Monday thing either.

    We will simply use this long weekend to spend quality time checking out the parades, the games perhaps watch a Netflix movie or two and cooking our meals.

    Maybe, just maybe others would be sick enough of the commercialization to join us so that again businesses would stay closed on this holiday so that everyone can be with their families.

    I am thankful that I am gainfully employed and our family is doing well in this uncertain climates. I have been told that our healthcare is intact ... for now and nothing is changing for us employees and our family although I suspect that our employer is paying for for the coverage we receive.

    We are warm and comfortable and have enough to eat and we hope that others are just as lucky as we are. We thank god for what we have and what we continue to receive and we hope that the world will devolve from being so commercialized and focuses more on the family unit, family value and what this holiday and the rest of this holiday season is all about.

     
  • Treacy Elliott posted at 12:35 pm on Wed, Nov 27, 2013.

    Treacy Elliott Posts: 62

    Thank you Tim, have a Happy Thanksgiving. Some people are unhappy because they don't have everything, instead of being happy with what they have.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 11:02 am on Wed, Nov 27, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4485

    Good thoughts, Mr. Rusher.

    On the other hand, we can be thankful that the economy is rebounding and retailers are actually fighting for our $$!

    How 'bout cancelling the turkey dinner and volunteering our time to help those who are not as fortunate as we are? At least THEY won't be lining up in front of Target or WalMart at midnight tonight, but will be lining up at the venues that sacrifice a day away from loved ones for a higher purpose.

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 9:05 am on Wed, Nov 27, 2013.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1904

    Given the way the European settlers treated the native American population, celebrating that barbarism is not high on my to-do list. Never been a big fan of Thanksgiving other than time to spend with family that we usually don't see.

     

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