Hallo-mas

I love Christmas. I really do. But Thanksgiving is getting overlooked more and more each year.

At Target this morning, I checked out the clearance Halloween aisle, which was right next to the Christmas stuff. Where’s the Thanksgiving gear? Like tablecloths, salt and pepper shakers with turkeys on them and plastic cornucopias?

Although Christmas is my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving should still be celebrated. All of us have something – or someone – to be thankful for. And Thanksgiving doesn’t have any gift expectations. Just a nice meal together, and then watching football (or, in our case, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation) and dozing off in front of the TV.

Just like last year, stores are starting to open on Thanksgiving night so people can grab deals on TVs and toys. But people like my niece have to work those shifts, so our time with her on Thanksgiving is limited.

Now I’m not telling you to wait until December to do your Christmas shopping or make plans, because I’ve started to look ahead to that Dec. 25 date. (I find deals throughout the year and then store stuff in marked totes. Then I have some things on hand for birthdays and Christmas.)

Just reflect and relax at Thanksgiving. Enjoy the time with family and friends. And maybe watch a little bit of Christmas Vacation to remind yourself how normal your family is.