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Letter: America is skipping Thanksgiving

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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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