The next holiday 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?
Why doesn’t Thanksgiving get any recognition in the world of media? 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.
Forget about music? What about Thanksgiving films? I love to see the classic Steve Martin and John Candy 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 over 40 years old.
I am happy to report that Amazon and Home Goods have stepped up their game. I purchased tons of Thanksgiving paper plates and napkins and even got some Thanksgiving signs for the house. My new favorite is “Harvest Blessings.” I could not believe the section of Thanksgiving / fall items they had. I even searched fall/Thanksgiving shower curtains and items for bath and I found a fabulous shower curtain with a quote from Oscar Wilde, “And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.”
I know some people have decorated their homes for Christmas already due to the pandemic and stating it would cheer them up...well my new towels and shower curtain make me smile each time. I also smile each day I return home and look at my beautiful fall wreaths. I have a few fans who also stop by and tell me they always love how I change the wreaths.
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 informed us he needs nothing.
So, while we have a few weeks, let us enjoy the calm before the storm: Christmas. And please email or tweet 106.7 Lite FM and ask them to not play holiday songs 24/7 until after Thanksgiving.
By Beth Hanning