It’s October 24th. Halloween is about a week away. I just got back from a trip to Target- and I have to let loose here a little. Hold on- let me drag over this soapbox…
Ok- I know it’s still a bit away, but for some reason, I got into the Thanksgiving spirit a little early this year. I wanted to get a few things for the house to bring in the spirit of this holiday…so I set off to do some hunting and gathering. Usually, this results in a few bags worth of crafty goodness. But this time? nuthin’. I have the terrible felling the holiday is being silently nudged out by the media.
It’s all a Back to school/Halloween/Thanksgiving Fall melange. Emphasis on Halloween since that is tied with Christmas in consumer spending on decorations and festivities.
So now we have a nice vanilla: “Welcome Fall!” Heck- it’s pretty obvious when media calls Christmas “the Holidays” to gain market shares, erase religious significance and focus on consumerism- but that’s another post. But why the covert attack on Thanksgiving? “Lets just ignore it, maybe it will go away?” In the shoppes and craft stores, I see endless items of spooky delight for Halloween- and right next to them, jolly jingling Christmas and Holiday items… but not a turkey or pilgrim to be seen.
Oh sure, there are a few “Happy Harvest” tokens around- but isn’t that a melting of the spirit of the Holiday? It is a time to give thanks. A day that this country has specifically set aside to pause and celebrate Not with gifts. But with a thankful heart. Maybe a Turkey if you’re feeling plucky. (get it? Turkey- plucky?) Heck- you don’t even have to thank the same Lord I believe in- just as long as you take a moment to realize how very fortunate you are- and in doing so, recognize those who are not. Maybe even do something to ease their burden. To me, it seems like the very holiday we ought to be promoting, instead of diluting.
So, while a few still “Occupy NY” down on Wall Street- I will be in aisle 6 of my local craft store- holding that lone, chipped turkey above my head- the one marked down 40% that the store has refused to stock up on- urging all to occupy Thanksgiving-! In the face of media’s silence- occupy it loud and proud! Occupy it with glue gun and leaves and acorns and hand drawn turkeys- and count your creativity as one of the things you are thankful for.