Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Not Very Thankful

Today we had a work meeting with my whole office and somehow we got on the topic of Christmas.  Now as much as I love a celebration, I feel like people are not very thankful.  It's like Halloween happens and then we're ready for Christmas.  Since Thanksgiving is nearly smack dab in the middle of the two holidays I feel like it should get the same respect as the other two holidays.  


If you know me you would know that I love Halloween more than any other holiday even if people have turned it into "be as slutty as possible for one day".  I still find the whole idea of taking the time to get dressed up and put together a costume very exciting.  I love it so much I personally sewed my 10.5 month baby a Minnie Mouse costume by hand just so that she would have a unique outfit.  We went out with my nephew trick-or-treating in a small downtown even though we didn't get candy.  For me it is so very fun.  I hope that she will feel the same way when she is older and can make her own decisions (and if not hopefully she'll do it for me *fingers crossed*).

Back to the point of this whole post... once Halloween is over the stores drop the orange and green like a hot potato and are on to red and green.  It always baffles me how much less respect Thanksgiving is given each year.  As I get older I am trying to learn the fine art of enjoying each stage of things as they happen including giving each holiday it's own time and respect.  

I really started to get into this mode of thinking once my daughter was born. I'm not that girl who's really into little babies.  I think they are cute but I don't need to hold a baby when I see one.  When my daughter was born I realized there were going to be stages of her life that I am not going to enjoy as much as others so I made a deal with myself that I would enjoy each stage as it came.  So far this has been one of the greatest things about watching her grow up.  I'm not trying to rush anything but letting each stage grow and bud as it fits her.

I feel the same way about the holidays.  I know that people are really excited for December festivities but there is too much focus on buying stuff and not enough on enjoying what we have and things that we can't purchase.  It really disgusts me that stores in an effort to build up their bottom line are interrupting a holiday meant to be spent with family just to get people to the stores faster.  I know that it won't be changing any time soon but I sure hope that we get back to the days were we really remember things to be thankful for.

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