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Skipping Thanksgiving

Today we took the girls to the mall to ride the carousel and return something.  If it wasn’t 70 degrees out, one would have thought it was almost Christmas. As we walked by the stores, our girls were pointing out all the Christmas decorations. Stores were already playing Christmas music.

I’m definitely not a Scrooge but I think it is sad that we quickly jump from Halloween to Christmas. Thanksgiving has just become a quick holiday focused on gorging ourselves for Black Friday. In our family we are trying hard to focus our girls on being thankful instead of whining or thinking about what they want for Christmas.  We need Thanksgiving before Christmas.  We need to remind ourselves what we are thankful for before we think about the consumerism of Christmas. It’s hard to do this when the retail culture has skipped Thanksgiving for the money maker holiday of Christmas.