Area stores bloom with Christmas decorations
The Kansas City Star
Isn’t Thanksgiving in the next couple of weeks?
You’d never know it from looking at the holiday decorations in stores. Almost immediately after Halloween, merchants put up their Christmas decorations.
A lot of that is in response to early Christmas shoppers wanting to catch sales and get the chore out of the way. But lost in the gift-giving frenzy is our national Thanksgiving holiday. It’s not just an opportunity to overeat and watch endless football games.
Thanksgiving Day is supposed to be an opportunity for people to get together with family and friends. It is a day to pause, celebrate and reflect on what folks can be thankful for.
But fewer Americans have the ability to pause. The rush to keep up with work with the extended hours and lower pay takes precedence.
Shuttling kids to games and events eats up time or for many baby boomers there’s the sandwich of taking care of aging parents on one end of life and adult kids on the other.
Thrown in the disquiet we’re reading and responding to electronic gadgets that beep, vibrate and buzz with a choke-chain urgency — even waking some folks in the middle of the night.
Reflecting? Thanks? Maybe in the New Year.