November 21, 2011
Christmas must wait -- it's Thanksgiving time
Each year the Christmas decorations go up sooner and sooner. I was buying Halloween candy the day after Halloween when I realized that the music being played in the store was Christmas music. I walked down the aisles and they had started to discount the Thanksgiving items. I bought the candy and left the store a little upset.
Thanksgiving becomes more and more downplayed and diminished as the years go by. It's kind of sad. I have a lot of memories as a child when we would go visit relatives for Thanksgiving. There would be a house full of people and many times we would up eating on chairs set up with t.v. trays nearby. I thought that was really fun since my mom would never let us do this. The food was abundant and very, very good.
Time was spent watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade and of course, football. My uncles would go deer hunting during the day and come home in the evening cold and happy at their good fortune of getting a deer or two.
Thanksgiving was a treasured holiday that seems to have become another day for Christmas shopping -- not in my home. There was a time when you wouldn't even see a Christmas decoration going up until the first week in December. In our town I have seen Christmas decorations not only going up before Thanksgiving, but being turned on.
We cherish Thanksgiving and love the turkey, pumpkin pie, stuffing and cranberry sauce. We enjoy not doing anything except being with each other.
As to the cost of the Thanksgiving meal, it has reportedly gone up but I feel it is still a good value. I paid 49 cents a lb. for the turkey, 88 cents for a 5 lb. bag of potatoes, 38 cents lb. for yams, 2 bags of Pepperidge Farm stuffing for 50 cents each -- on clearance, 67 cents for canned pumpkin, 69 cents for frozen vegetables, 99 cents for Cool Whip, $1.28 for a bag of cranberries. I have been buying the ingredients as they want on sale over the past few weeks. Yes, in our area this meal is a good value and we look forward to sharing it with others.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy your friends and family.