Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas. I love the twinkling lights and gingerbread. I adore brightly-wrapped presents and decorating the tree. But sitting in that car, the tune of "Jingle Bells" still ringing in my head, it seemed to me that people had forgotten one of the most important holidays of all.
Thanksgiving is mostly a trivial holiday for people, at least in the US, next to the commercial Christmas rush. Already at my local supermarket, red and green baubles and candy canes are festooned on every shelf and fixed to every light. It is very rare that I see even mention of a turkey or Thanksgiving feast. Everything is simply snow and sleigh bells. But when you think of this Holiday of Food, of fluffy mashed potatoes and tangy cranberry sauce, and when you remember the juicy turkey and family joining together, it makes me wonder if we're missing out on more than we think.
Thanksgiving is a time when, at least for me, I am connected to family and friends I rarely get to see. I can relax and be grateful for every good thing that I have. And the food is amazing too. Though many holidays are extremely commercialized now, the true meaning of Thanksgiving, as it was for the pilgrims, was to give thanks for friends and family, and to celebrate all the good we have in life. So much is taken for granted these days that this isn't a bad thing to remember this even on regular days. Parents, supporting friends, a sturdy house, and stable job, we assume will just be there. We don't realize how quickly they can be taken away. One day, when we look up from our phones, they'll have disappeared. And so this holiday season, I challenge you to open your eyes and see all the good around you, even if you may be struggling through tough times and you've hit rock bottom. I promise it will make you feel better and lift you up, even if it you're struggling to find the light in your dark.
Though Thanksgiving is an often forgotten holiday, the messages it brings are still all-prevalent. Love, family, and thanks are golden ideals to bind us together. In this whirling tornado of red and green we are often swept off our feet. And so, with the fast approaching holiday season, let's not forget about one of the most important holidays of the year, and the messages it quietly slips into our hearts. Let us not forget about the true meaning of Thanksgiving.
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