Thanksgiving Overshadowed by Winter Festivities

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by Amelia Ransom – Staff Reporter

Immediately after Halloween, most people’s minds skip over the idea of thanksgiving and miss the importance behind the holiday. Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy time with family and to recognize all the things you have to be thankful for over the past year. Just because you do not necessarily get presents does not mean that Thanksgiving is not important too.
Erica Little, a freshman, said, “Thanksgiving is one of the most important holidays every year. It is necessary to spend time with family and be thankful for the things that you have. It is not all about the food, it is more about love, the thankfulness and the joy that goes around at the start of the holiday season. Thanksgiving is about reminiscing on everything that you are thankful for.”
Some people start decorating for Christmas after Halloween as if they forgot about the importance of Thanksgiving. Others wait until thanksgiving is over before setting up the tree. Thanksgiving is a time to really sit down with your family and share the things you are thankful for. Waiting until after Thanksgiving to set up decorations, gives time to clean up from having family over the past week, and pays respect to the often-forgotten holiday and what it represents.
Little, who celebrates Christmas, said that she would prefer to decorate earlier, but her family waits until after Thanksgiving. “If it were up to me, I would decorate my house for Christmas in the summer, but it is not, so my family usually decorates the week following Thanksgiving. My parents do not seem to really like having the tree up before Thanksgiving, or any of the decorations like stockings or wooden Santa Clauses around, but again, if it was a perfect world and I had everything my way, we would have our tree in our office from July to January.”
It may seem easy to overlook thanksgiving, but do not let the excitement overshadow Thanksgiving. It is a time to be thankful for everything, eat good food, and enjoy time with your family.

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