I’m shopping the Halloween clearance racks at the major chain stores and notice the Christmas stuff right next to it. I immediately thought, Where’s the Thanksgiving stuff?
So I started shopping around for it and after walking around for a bit I found one aisle off by itself with mainly tea towels and table decorations of turkeys and owls. Not much else.
Is it just me or does Thanksgiving seem to be skipped?
Did you know Halloween is the second most lucrative “holiday” for retailers after Christmas? $7 billion dollars worth of Halloween paraphernalia is sold. Christmas does about $450 billion.
Thanksgiving? A mere….footnote before Christmas. Consumers spend $30 billion at Thanksgiving. More than Halloween, right? Yes, but not as profitable because the money spent at Thanksgiving is mostly food, which does not carry as high of a mark-up as Halloween items do; hence, it’s less profitable.
Shame, isn’t it?
It’s a shame that the “holiday” (although in my opinion Halloween is not a holiday) of Halloween is so celebrated in this culture. 93 % of children elementary age go trick-or-treating. That is a HUGE number! That is more than the percentage of the population who celebrate Christmas.
Sad….very, very sad.
How what began as a pagan celebration has now evolved into one of the most celebrated “holidays” in the United States.
I myself can’t stand Halloween. We do not celebrate it. My kids don’t trick-or-treat. (The origin of the phrase is from those who actually used to play pranks on others–and not so nice pranks). It drives me nuts.
The only reason I like Halloween is for the half-off merchandise the day after. For years, my kids have gotten all of their dress-up clothes at these sales which I then save for Christmas presents. We also get some candy half-off as well.
So after the windfall of Halloween, the greedy retailers then turn to Christmas, the biggest shopping season of the year. Fine. They have to turn a profit as well.
But Thanksgiving seems to be skipped. It just doesn’t sell. Is this because of the retailers or because of us consumers who put greater emphasis on Christmas? You can be the judge of that.
We must take the time to be grateful for Christmas. A holiday that gave us Christ, our Lord and Savior, and without which we would be nothing.
The Pilgrims and the Puritans had it right. We must give thanks to God for our bounty throughout the year. And it should be more important than a day that involves dressing up as scary monsters and zombies and scaring your relatives. After all, Christmas is a national holiday; Halloween isn’t.
My point to this rant is this: we should not allow Thanksgiving to be squeezed out of our memory. We should be grateful every day for being alive every day. We need to take more than one day to thank Him for everything He has given us. And we need to focus on our gifts from Him instead of what gifts we can buy on Black Friday.
Thanksgiving deserves a more honored place in our society. More so than Halloween. I think in most people’s hearts it does. But if one is not careful, thanks and giving will be squeezed between candy and Santa.
How many times have you paused lately to give God credit for events in your life?
I know I try, especially on Sundays in church, but I’m bad at giving him credit for the little things: like today for a perfect bike ride with my son where we saw frogs, pelicans, geese, birds, and squirrels–His creations all around us.
I’m bad at giving him credit for the big things too such as my new novel idea (I always say a prayer of thanks but continually giving him praise is hard for me) or for maybe getting us out of this apartment through a nice couple that may sublet from us or for my husband’s new job that is allowing us to go vacation for the first time in at least five years, for us to get our teeth cleaned, and for us to visit the doctor without worry of bills to come in the mail.
I’m reading Daniel in the Old Testament who continually gave God credit for everything despite being exiled in a foreign country his entire life (Babylon). It’s amazing how far faith can get you.
I do know in my heart I will write the novel that will find the perfect literary agent and an audience as long as I keep following God’s word and his word in my life.
So I will endeavor to pause more to thank God for his little blessings (and his big ones) as I continue on my life’s journey.