We are officially into the Thanksgiving Season. I know this because when I dropped Pi off this morning at Kids’ First (for her first training so she can work kids’ parties) there was a giant blow up turkey in the window. With a pilgrim’s hat. You’re going to a Thanksgiving dinner this evening (if I remember correctly), and half a zillion people are partaking in the highly public Facebook days of thankfulness.
I feel sort of sorry for Thanksgiving. It’s a great holiday and doesn’t get enough recognition (imho). I think part of the problem is that Thanksgiving is squished between Halloween and Christmas. And really, there aren’t that many turkeys out there that can compete with cute kids in princess or Batman costumes or dogs dressed up like Santa Claus. Even with a pilgrim hat (the turkey, not S. C.).
There isn’t a lot of great Thanksgiving music. “We Gather Together” has never (to the best of my knowledge) made the Top 20 Hit List, and I don’t see a big opportunity for a singing (gobbling?) turkey band.
Television and movies don’t pay a lot of attention to Thanksgiving (except for the commercials for Black Friday). I saw a commercial for a Thanksgiving-ish movie that’s coming out soon, but I can’t really think of annual Thanksgiving TV specials or movies that one automatically associates with Thanksgiving.
So here we have what may be the Perfect Holiday (food, football, shopping, and a parade [more about the parade in future posts]) and while it is by no means overlooked it seems sort of overshadowed. Then again, I’m not sure a bunch of people gobbling gobblers and watching football would make for a very heartwarming Hallmark Special.
Don’t let the turkeys get you down.