On Thursday, millions of Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving Day, and give thanks for what they already have. On Friday, some will forget all about the day before and fight over stuff like they don’t have anything.
One day we’re so humble and grateful. The next day, so acquisitive. Our annual day of thanks is followed by the biggest shopping day of the year.
It’s amazing how the allure of advertising and the “urgency” of Black Friday pulls people into malls and websites like hypnosis. How easily quiet moments of gratitude turn into a competitive race to check off that Christmas list.
Thanksgiving is among one of the most beautiful and noble holidays, yet it is becoming increasingly compromised by commercialism. It’s as if retailers are saying, “Give thanks, but hurry up so you can get to this sale.”
Gift giving connects us to each other. We bond over the things we give and receive. And, making the spirit of giving more important than the gift itself is the best way to honor our annual Day of Thanks.
I encourage you to take to heart a couple of phrases heard this time of year. Make them a part of your holiday mindset:
The season to be jolly. The holidays can be emotionally sensitive, so think about how you can make the day of someone who may not feel much like celebrating. Find a funny movie or something to laugh about.
Peace on earth. The holiday season is also a time for “peace on earth.” Peace begins in your mind. If you’re thinking about spending money you don’t have, or disregarding any effort to control overeating, you will not be at peace with yourself. So decide early on what you will and will not spend, eat or drink, and who you will or will not spend the holiday with.
There is a way to have a meaningful time with family, find some great bargains and do what is right for you. It just takes a little mental preparation.
Have a safe, mindful and Happy Thanksgiving!