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    Tuesday, November 20, 2007

    Tuesday Talkback -- Thanksgiving Edition

    There will be no talking back to the moaners today, since the PD did not upload Monday Moaning to cleveland.com. So, instead I will talk about Thanksgiving.

    First of all, I love Thankgiving. It is all of the family and food of Christmas without all of the overwrought gift giving.

    However, there is no escaping the gift aspect. It would seem as if Thanksgiving is the day we rest and eat in order to shop all day on Black Friday.

    Thanksgiving has come to mark the beginning of the Christmas and holiday shopping season. Retailers will have great or lousy years depending on the next few weeks of shopping.

    And while I try not to buy too much into all of that, it seems as if there just isn't enough time. Christmas has become such a commercial spectacle, it can hardly be contained within the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    Something has to give. And in the spirit of expanding beltlines, perhaps it is time to move Thanksgiving.

    There really is no need to stand on principle about this. At Halloween, kids trick-or-treat on whatever arbitrary day their communities assign. Daylight savings changed a couple of years ago to provide us a few extra weeks of daylight. So, why not change Thanksgiving as well?

    Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday of November to be a federal holiday for Thanksgiving. FDR moved it back a week to the fourth Thursday. Canada, meanwhile, celebrates Thanksgiving on the second Thursday of October. The Pilgrims probably celebrated Thanksgiving in the late summer as a harvest celebration. So, really, we can celebrate it any time in the Fall.

    Daylight Savings began on November 4 this last year. Maybe we can roll up Halloween, Thanksgiving and Daylight Savings all into one holiday weekend. The kids dress up and beg the neighbors for candy, the adults dress down and beg Walmart for $30 DVD players, and we get an extra hour over the weekend to get it all done.

    A modest proposal for these immodest days, when our Christmas spirit is measured by the quantities we consume, and the gadgets we buy and give to each other. Sure, there will be traditionalists who will be appalled. There always are. But commerce, and the almighty dollar, and the bottom line -- these will carry the day. They always do. And someday those of us who try to rise above of the melee of consumption on parade, we will celebrate our Thanksgiving with a golf outing -- while the others are shopping -- because Thanksgiving will be early enough in the season to get a round in before the weather turns. Something for everybody.

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    Blogger Kristen said ... (11:41 AM, November 20, 2007) : 

    Do we really want to officially expand the shopping season for Xmas? I'm already getting sick of the commercials and Thanksgiving hasn't even happened yet. When will Xmas commercials start if we move it - June?

     

    Blogger MrsTito said ... (12:49 PM, November 20, 2007) : 

    Our company got their first Christmas card on Monday. Before Thanksgiving. It's sick really.

    However, now that I live 1200 miles away in a climate that refuses to acknowledge that it's the middle of November, Christmas is sneaking up on me and quickly! We begin our annual trek to Ohio in 4.5 short short weeks.

     

    Anonymous Evil John said ... (5:00 PM, November 21, 2007) : 

    There's no need to move the date: The simple solution is to have Thanksgiving mark the beginning of shopping season for _next_ year's Christmas.

    Sure, this year everyone will be shopping for 2 Christmases. That seems nasty, but just think "Pairs."

     

    Blogger Kate Anne said ... (12:34 PM, November 23, 2007) : 

    I'm with Rev. Billy on this one. He started today, Black Friday or what he terms Buy Nothing Day, by preaching at Macy's and I look forward to seeing the documentary, What Would Jesus Buy?. If you are so inclined, you can make a tax-deductible donation to the Church of Stop Shopping.

    (Rev. Welton Gaddy even had Rev. Billy on The Interfaith Alliance program, State of Belief, on Air America -- love Bill Talon and his work! And check out Rev. Billy's blog while you are at it.)

     

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