2013-11-30 / The Bullhorn

Let’s try being thankful for more than 24 hours

Bullhorn Staff
By Stephanie Garrett

It’s that time of year again. If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard that in the past month, I’d be rich. As November has come and gone, I’ve seen signs of the holidays all over social media. People I am friends with take every day to post something that they’re thankful for. While that’s a nice thought, I wonder how many of those friends will forget to be content with what they have come Black Friday.

The way I see it, it’s a rather ironic time of year, especially for our country. We live in a society that likes to focus on money and material things, rather than on actually being thankful for something. Well, actually being thankful for something for longer than 24 hours.

Think about it. We have a day dedicated to shopping right after the holiday we devote to giving thanks. Sure, we say we’re thankful for everything we’ve got as Thanksgiving approaches, but after all of that is over, all we want is more. We want more electronics, more jewelry or gadgets, more materials. While during Thanksgiving day we’re content with what we’ve got, less than a day later we simply don’t have enough.

I can understand the usual argument for someone doing their Christmas shopping on Black Friday. We tell ourselves that it’s not that we want more. We want to give more. Well, that does sound like a better argument. Christmas shopping for someone else seems more acceptable than shopping on Black Friday because we ourselves want more.

That’s not what the holidays are about, though. Sure, it’s nice to give on the holidays. It’s great. But what are you trying to say with the gift you are giving? “Sorry I don’t see you all year. You’re my family and I love you and everything, but I’m not going to try to keep up with you. Instead, I’m going to give you this gift on Christmas day and hope it makes you happy so I can ignore you for the rest of the year.”

That sure seems sincere, doesn’t it?

I really do love this time of year. I love the time I get to spend with my family, and the time I spend really giving thanks. What I don’t like is the commercialism. Shouldn’t the holidays mean more than material goods? Shouldn’t the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons mean more than manufactured love and being thankful for 24 hours or less?

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