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The forgotten holiday

November 17, 2010 - Kathleen Palumbo
Somewhere between the ghoulish, sweet tooth satisfying fun of Halloween and the magic of Christmas lies a very special holiday that, as our red-letter days overlap more and more, is becoming the forgotten holiday…Thanksgiving.

Thanks to the marketing frenzy that surrounds Christmas, Thanksgiving seems to have become not much more than the day before Black Friday – when the pajama wearing, glutton for punishment die-hard shoppers head out before dawn in search of bargains.

You remember Thanksgiving…a time for recognizing just how much you have to be thankful for? If you need a refresher course, ask an elementary school student about Thanksgiving. You’ll receive a wide-eyed, heartfelt reminder of the first feast shared by the Pilgrims and Indians. They’ll tell you of Myles Standish and the voyage of the Mayflower. They’ll tell you about what they’re thankful for…unabashedly, every time.

Why is it that as adults, we remember to buy the turkey, invite the guests, and bake the pies, but spend so little time reflecting on how fortunate we really are for the turkey, the pie, and most importantly, the guests?

I encourage you to change things up a bit. Forget the sale ads. Hang your stockings with care a little later, and this Thanksgiving season, make it about giving thanks. If you need a little help; find a small child and follow his lead.


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