Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Holiday Noticed

warning: This post is a bit of a rant on Black Friday Campers, but it turns out pretty good in the end. 

thank·ful   [thangk-fuhl]  adjective
feeling or expressing gratitude; appreciative.
OK, so then what does grateful mean?

grate·ful   [greyt-fuhl]  adjective
1. warmly or deeply appreciative of kindness or benefits received; thankful: I am grateful to you for your help.
2. expressing or actuated by gratitude: a grateful letter.
3. pleasing to the mind or senses; agreeable or welcome; refreshing: a grateful breeze.

So much of thanksgiving seems to be overlooked these days. Can you believe that people started camping out for Black Friday sales on Monday morning? Um hello!?! Are you gonna leave your post to celebrate the NATIONAL holiday tomorrow? Or just celebrate the holiday from your tent on the sidewalk!?! Or better yet just skip the holiday altogether?

That makes me wonder and frustrates me a bit too! I don't think a good deal is worth camping out for, fighting for in a store, or sleeping on a cold, hard sidewalk for. This is my opinion and it may upset you, but I feel that a NATIONAL holiday is meant to be spent actually celebrating what the holiday was intended for. In this case the holiday is thanksgiving, a time when we express our gratitude and thankfulness. The above mentioned definitions clearly state that it is a time "accentuated by gratitude." So, does one who sits on a sidewalk waiting for a store to open have a life accentuated by gratitude? It seems like it would be the contrary. It would be a life accentuated by greed and want.

These are the thoughts that run through my head as we head into yet another holiday where the news porters are quick to report on the shopping trends that we as Americans have.

So with all that said, I am thankful for much and I am striving to live a life "accentuated by gratitude."

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!
All definitions were found on Dictionary.com