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Thanksgiving: The Overlooked Holiday

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Over the past few years, it seems that Thanksgiving has become the “overlooked holiday.” Here are a few examples of how this uniquely American holiday has taken a backseat and how to bring it to the forefront again.

A decade or two ago, Christmas decorations didn’t come out until Thanksgiving weekend; now, they are on display the day after Halloween. While you can’t control when the shopping centers put up their décor, you can reincorporate the tradition of putting up your own Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving. This makes for a nice family activity over the long weekend.

In recent years, Black Friday has become a “holiday” of its own, dominating Internet and TV ad campaigns in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. Brick and mortar retailers felt the pressure from their online counterparts and have begun opening on Thanksgiving evening, forcing their employees to limit or even miss their Thanksgiving holiday with their families. Shoppers have the choice of when to go out and hit the sales, and despite what retailers want you to think, you will still find amazing deals on Friday. Enjoy your Thanksgiving day celebrating with your friends and loved ones, and leave the frenzy of holiday shopping for the next day. Years from now you won’t remember how much you paid for that hot toy or electronic device (or even what it was!), but you will remember the laughs and good times spent preparing the meal together, sitting around the dinner table, and snuggling on the couch watching football or holiday movies.

December holidays like Christmas and Chanukah put so much focus on material things – the pressures of giving gifts, shopping ‘til you drop, and tying the perfect bow on the gift box. Thanksgiving provides all the warmth, love and family time that those holidays do, just without all the materialism. Take the time this week to focus on what you’re thankful for, you may find that material items aren’t even on the list!

Here’s to wishing you and yours a wonderful, relaxing Thanksgiving week and a chance to unwind before the holiday frenzy begins!