As the holiday rush rolls along and corporate America continues to squeeze away the meaning of the season in pursuit of the all mighty dollar, Thanksgiving remains a beacon of familial comfort.
Christmas decorations began infiltrating shopping malls as early as October, in the process diluting the day’s significance for many. A cynic would say that Christmas has become nothing short of an exhausting shopping spree, with all the profundity sucked dry by overpriced playthings – most of which will be obsolete a year from now.
Yet it can still be transformed by a child’s wide-eyed innocence, a sermon that moves you to a moment’s enlightenment or a family party warmed by good food, drink and companionship.
But for many, Christmas can become a slog because the preamble seems to go on forever.
Not so with Thanksgiving. It remains a day almost exclusively given to family and friends, and with age it often supplants the childlike wonder Christmas once provided.
Be it the local high school football game, the scent of turkey and hot apple cider filling a warm house, or the kids running from room to room demanding, “When do we eat?” Thanksgiving is a day uncorrupted by the other three hundred sixty-four days of the year.
Of course a holiday is what you make of it and all of us at Masters Touch wish you, your family and friends a safe and happy holiday. Take the time to do not much at all. Sometimes that’s the best thing you can do for yourself. Enjoy the day and embrace some relaxation, because the Christmas crush is right around the corner.
Contributed to the Masters Touch Blog by Matthew Hurley.