|Very appreciated, Nordstrom!|
I decided to join in on this because it's something that I feel is important. Not necessarily because of any enjoyment I get out of Thanksgiving as opposed to Christmas or Halloween really, but mostly because I hate the fact that holidays that aren't mostly about merchants making money are being devalued.
My personal favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. I love the smells, I love the food, I love having family together. Granted, I love all these things about Christmas as well, but it's different. During Christmas I'm always wondering if I spent enough money on the gifts that I gave out, or if one person is going to be upset that their gifts didn't cost as much as someone else's or did I exhibit enough excitement over the gifts that I got. Did the givers believe that I really liked / appreciated the gift they gave me? I hate how much emphasis is put on the spending of money. I also hate it when someone spends a bunch of money on me, knowing that I don't have as much to spend on them, and they say "Oh, stop!". Sure, it makes them feel good to give, but it makes me feel like a freaking loser. Thanks, merry Christmas, you ass.
The only requirement for Thanksgiving is that you stop, and you give thanks for the things you have. It's very aggravating to me that because you're not expected to drop a king's ransom on junk for people, vendors try to fast forward over it.
This isn't the only holiday I feel is squashed because it's not a big money maker. Columbus day, for example. There are no Columbus day decorations or flags, or anything like that. I can't even remember the last time I got the day off in honor of Columbus day. Martin Luther King day, is another one.
If this is something you agree with, please post a "Thanksgiving Comes first" post at your blog!