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No Turkey Left Behind

Lauren Reilly

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It’s the day after Halloween. You head to your local Michael’s to pick up some discounted Halloween candy. You walk in and expect the sweet smell of candy corn to run in your nostrils but instead you waft in a big whiff of pine. The shelves are overstocked with tree lights, glass ornaments, and Santa cut-outs. You hear the loud speaker sing away Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” and can’t help but to sing along. Some time and a big cart full of Christmas decorations later, you end up in a tiny corner with a single stock labeled “Thanksgiving.”  You make eye contact with a stuffed turkey and understand why his eyes are so gloomy; Thanksgiving is being left behind.

Thanksgiving is the holiday of gratitude. Families across the United States and Canada come together and spend just one day out of the entire year when all of their attention is centered around each other. Thanksgiving is the only holiday that is not commercialized and for a good reason: love for your family and close friends cannot be commercialized.

The commercialization of the holiday seasons ruin the real reasons of celebration. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving to buy the largest turkey in the field or to see who has the largest family. Thanksgiving is not about buying or receiving gifts so many people look beyond Thanksgiving and move right on to Christmas. But how can you go out and spend hundreds of dollars on presents without reflecting on how thankful we really are? It is hard to avoid the Christmas craziness due to black Friday shopping and Starbuck’s bogo deals on  the seasonal drinks, but try to sit back and remember what Thanksgiving is all about before you go out and buy your 80 inch. flat screen.

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One Response to “No Turkey Left Behind”

  1. Julia Gusmano on November 20th, 2015 9:13 am

    “You make eye contact with a stuffed turkey and understand why his eyes are so gloomy…”

    The melodrama in this made my morning. Just so you’re aware.

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