Don’t forget Thanksgiving!


As I walked through Meier and Frank on Oct. 24, workers were busy decorating the store for the Christmas season. I mean, “deck the halls with boughs of holly”-but in October?

Has everyone forgotten about Thanksgiving? Whatever happened to being thankful and realizing all you have before the greedy holiday comes?

Everywhere you look, it’s Christmastime already. You walk into a store and decorations for the December holiday surround you like a SWAT team.

Christmas catalogs are being sent to every mailbox and lights are appearing everywhere. Christmas carols are being heard on local radio stations.

I can’t blame Temple Square for starting early, as they have more than 800,000 lights to string, but do we really need to have Christmas carols being played so early that we get sick of them before December is even here? Can’t the stores wait until the week before Thanksgiving to prepare their store for the biggest shopping day of the year? Can’t we enjoy one more holiday before Christmas takes over?

Whatever happened to Thanksgiving, anyway?

Unfortunately it seems there is no longer time to be thankful; we must rush into the season where we don’t count blessings, but rather count how many gifts we receive.

Thanksgiving was first celebrated in America after the Pilgrims had gathered their first harvest, and it was celebrated for three days.

Here we are in the same country, and we can’t even find time to celebrate it for one day, or even a couple of hours. Some people even choose to do their Christmas shopping on Thanksgiving, once again forgetting one of the most important holidays by immediately skipping to the next.

This holiday can be one of the most fun and memorable if you put your mind to it! November has begun, so please try to remember the forgotten holiday.

Camille Rogers

Junior, Human Development and

Family Studies