If you walk into many retail stores in early November, you will hear Christmas music playing. The shelves have been stocked with toys since before Halloween.
In some stores, Christmas candy and decor items have been side-by-side with Halloween items since early October. What about Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States. According to TimeAndDate.com, Thanksgiving Day became an annual holiday in 1863.
However, Thanksgiving Day was celebrated way before 1863. The first Thanksgiving Day was held in the late 1500s or early 1600s, depending on who you ask.
George Washington, our first president, proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving Day in 1789. Although the day has been celebrated on different dates in some locations, the national holiday always falls on the fourth Thursday in November.
Thanksgiving is a day for giving thanks. Families often gather together around a big lunch or dinner featuring turkey, ham, stuffing, cranberry sauce, assorted vegetables, pumpkin pie and other desserts.
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a favorite in many families. This year is the 87th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, held in New York City.
Some families enjoy watching football after the parade and lunch. Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel times of the year. Many families will travel across town or across the country to visit grandparents and other relatives.
Walmart and other retailers have pushed the Christmas shopping season to the forefront with preseason specials that began the night of Halloween.
On Facebook, some friends have posted photos of their homes, already decorated for Christmas. However, many of us still haven't taken down Halloween decorations.
Websites including BlackFriday.com keep holiday shoppers updated on retail store specials for Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and the busiest shopping day of the year.
Some stores are taking the stance that profit is more important than family by being open for business on Thanksgiving Day, effectively taking away their employees' family day of thanksgiving.
Although I've always loved Christmas, the Christmas creep is getting to me. Thanksgiving is a wonderful day of family celebration, designed for giving thanks for the blessings we enjoy.
This year, why not join with others who have said no to Christmas in November and make your family's focus during the month of November on giving thanks. December will be here soon enough.