Next week is Thanksgiving. Why is Thanksgiving so shunned in society? I remember in elementary school, coloring wonderful pictures of cornucopias, and close dinner gatherings between the Native Americans and the Pilgrims at the first Thanksgiving. Is it because now the story is out and the origin is that we technically pillaged the Native Americans and caused their destruction that Thanksgiving is on its way out?
Why doesn’t Thanksgiving get any recognition in the world of media and retail? The only Thanksgiving tune that comes to mind is Adam Sandler’s “The Thanksgiving Song.” However, that song was originally performed in 1992 on Saturday Night Live. Many “millennials” do not even know the popular culture references in the holiday song. Many know Elvis, but do they know Jimmy Walker from “Good Times” or model, Cheryl Tiegs? No other popular culture singer or songwriter has managed to pen a tune to spending time with the relatives and eating and drinking to excess? They would not even have to be as original as Adam Sandler and write their own song. They could Google a list of Thanksgiving songs and remake an old song with an updated beat, similarly to what many artists do with Christmas tunes. My suggestion: Bing Crosby’s song from Holiday Inn, “I’ve Got Plenty to be Thankful For.” It is a catchy tune and someone out there should cover it!
Forget about music. What about Thanksgiving films? I love to see the classic Steve Martin and John Candy 1987 film, Planes, Trains and Automobiles on television a few times during November. This comedy follows two men desperate to get home for Thanksgiving after their plane is cancelled due to weather. This is as good of a film as The Christmas Story and should be on as well for 24 hours during the Thanksgiving weekend, similar to the 24-hour feed that The Christmas Story receives during Christmas on TBS. Thank goodness for good ole Charlie Brown and his gang for delivering us some Thanksgiving cheer, even though the episode is 40 years old.
I do not know why Thanksgiving is getting the shaft the last few years. A few years ago, I tried to get Thanksgiving paper goods about a week before Thanksgiving. None to be found, but the Christmas aisles were abundant. This year it was Amazon for the win for my Thanksgiving accessories.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I do not have to purchase gifts, wrap gifts and organize which gifts are going to which house. Let alone what to buy that picky relative, or what to get the man who has everything: my dad. I honestly have no idea what to get him this year. He has an iPhone 6 and has learned to Google.
So while we have a week before Thanksgiving, let us enjoy the calm before the storm: Christmas. And please do not light your Christmas lights before next Friday. Holiday jumpers, you know who you are!
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