Hello all. Neyland D. Catt back at you again. Yeah. That's right. Time to get yourself a brainful of cat goodness.
Today I want to talk to you all about a disturbing trend: the shrinking importance of Thanksgiving. Apparently this holiday doesn't mean anything anymore. I remember a time when Thanksgiving was right up there Christmas. Halloween took a back seat and New Years wasn't even a twinkle in anybody's eye. Turkey Day was one of the big dogs. A Prime Time Player. Now it's just a speed bump in the madcap rush to fling all your cash away before December 25th.
Seriously, what happened here? Obviously, commercialization is a big part of it. There's pretty much only one big item that can be marketed for Thanksgiving: turkeys. That's it. Just big fat birds. Christmas gives us more options for things to buy than anyone will ever possibly need. Stores will dutifully hawk everything from toys to toasters. Even unsold turkeys will find their way into Christmas ads. So, obviously, Turkey Day takes a big back seat to Christmas. However, it has even fallen behind Halloween in holiday prominence. Again, Halloween offers more marketing opportunities. Costumes, decorations, and candy versus turkeys. Dead, plucked turkeys. Christmas has candy too by the way. There's just no demand for pumpkin pie flavored lollipops or turkey-shaped milk chocolate. Maybe a marshmallow pilgrim? No. Thanksgiving needs a marketing makeover.
The other problem with Thanksgivings popularity is that there is no appeal to children. For Christmas they get toys. For Halloween they get candy. For Thanksgiving they get... to eat. They pretty much do that every day. Probably things they like better than turkey and dressing. Kids just don't find the same joy in sitting down with the entire family to have a meal. Maybe Thanksgiving needs an activity to draw in the kids. Maybe turkey-shaped pinatas filled with marshmallow pilgrim candy.
Really, though, it boils down to the point of the holiday. Giving thanks. That really doesn't seem to be trendy these days. It's not glamorous like dressing up in crazy costumes or opening shiny packages. Being thankful? Nah. It's too bad really, because these days we all have so much to be thankful for. It's a shame that we can't all take a day out of our busy lives to appreciate that. At this rate, the holiday should change it's name to Thanks-taking. As in, "thanks for letting me take all of your money for Christmas". Or maybe Banksgiving. In the end, the only ones who really seem to take Thanksgiving seriously are the turkeys. Especially if they survive it.
Back tomorrow with a little something I call "Fun with Captcha Words!"
Neyland D. Catt