Art by Savannah Schroering
By Hannah Clere
The crisp, brown meat sizzles as it is carried on a platter into the dining room where hungry faces wait to give it its final fate. It is set between the homemade bread and mashed potatoes, nearly sliding off the plate in all of its juice. Everyone eagerly plops food on their own plates, waiting for the turkey to be carved. The room is filled with chatter, the house is toasty warm, and every moment feels light and timeless.
Remembering those moments is what hyped me up every Thanksgiving Day. I would spring out of bed and run downstairs in my footies, excited to help my mom make stuffing. I would have a staring contest with my front door, waiting for the inevitable doorbell ring. I would yank the door open to jump into one family member’s arms after another. They always staggered at first, but then would squeeze right back.
There has never been any pressure about Thanksgiving. No pressure to center the tree or to wrap everything flawlessly or to spend all the year’s savings on something that the gift receiver might not ever even use. All that is required on Thanksgiving is to spend time with family and devour a feast (Granted, it needs to be prepared first!).
The issue seems to be that this simple enjoyable day is being overlooked. Neglected.
Companies and stores kick off Christmas sales before Halloween even happens. Malls advertise for the appearance of Santa in their food court, holiday displays are up in windows, television channels have Christmas movies already queued up to play. People dress up for Halloween, go trick-or-treating, and the next day pull boxes out of their garages to prepare for the neighborhood Christmas lights competition.
What happened to the spirit of Thanksgiving? Everyone says they feel bad for the poor, ignored holiday, but nothing ever changes. Maybe it should. Try calling up Target or Walmart. Email the mall manager. Why should we let Thanksgiving disappear? If it really means something, prove it. Why? Because your aunt makes the best casserole. Because your grandad tells the best stories about your dad.
Because no one should miss a day when we are reminded of what we should be thankful for.
Let people know what you think…
Contact the Greentree Mall at http://www.greentreemall.com/contact-us .
Contact Walmart at http://corporate.walmart.com/contact-us .
Contact Target at https://contactus.target.com/ContactUs .
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