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25 November 2010 @ 09:08 pm
Too Much Commercialism  

Happy Thanksgiving! I'm not a fan of turkey or overeating really, but I think that this is one of the most important holidays of the year. Even those who do not live in the United States should create some holiday equivalent. No other holiday really fosters the feelings of family and welcome nearly as well as Thanksgiving does. After all, as the name states, the holiday was designed basically to give people the opportunity to count their blessings and give thanks.

Even though I haven't been to a big family Thanksgiving for the past four years now, even small gatherings with my parents, siblings, and a few friends have been wonderful. I can feel truly relaxed for Thanksgiving in ways that I cannot for other holidays - Christmas included. Although Christmas is probably my favorite holiday, with it comes added stressors such as travel arrangements, gift buying, and gift receiving, too. For Thanksgiving I consider my day well-spent if I simply stay at home with a few others, indulge in lots of guilt-free food (hey, the holiday only occurs once a year), and watch tv or play some games.

I'd like to imagine that others can understand my feelings. What disappoints me, however, is that America is such a commercial holiday that we as consumers are not allowed to take a break, even for a minute. I feel as though as soon as Halloween decorations are taken down from store windows, they are replaced with Christmas ones. Like I said, I love Christmas. I really do. But everything in it's own time. I feel as though Thanksgiving is practically ignored as a holiday. I know, all this stuff about commercialism. A friend of mine who works in retail says that stores need to spring right into Christmas after Halloween for sales-purposes. I can understand that to some degree, but it still saddens me. I feel as though everything is much more rushed in our society as it is. I wish that our holidays didn't have to be as well.

But as long as people are buying into this sort of mentality, it's not going to go away. Another facet of commercialism that's hard to ignore: if the demand is there, bring in the supply! I'm not bitter exactly, just a bit saddened. I can't really pull the nostalgia card, since I don't remember what it was like when I was little, and perhaps nothing has really changed in this respect. But still. I can only hope that this constant need to rush and be on-top - or even a desire to be prepared far in advance - for things will eventually die down.
 
 
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