Thanksgiving is Losing its Traditions

The Jewish New Year has come and gone and Thanksgiving is upon us.

Thanksgiving is my favorite Holiday because it simply resolves around family and feasting and fun.

There are no expectations from anyone, no gifts to buy and no fancy clothes to wear. Just come and enjoy. It is a holiday where everyone comes together for a feast of favorites like turkey w/stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie. And, let us not forget those special dishes that all of the relatives like to bring to the table like the classic green bean casserole, and candied sweet potatoes. I especially love to nibble on my nieces Pumpkin Mousse.

So, why am I writing about this today? I am writing about this today because most of the wonderful traditions in this country that I know and love are being eroded on a regular basis and pretty soon nothing in this country will be sacred.

Let’s stick with Thanksgiving for a minute. Remember when you could count on this day being a family day with all stores being closed so that the whole family could be together. Now the retail stores are opening up at all kinds of hours of the day and night just to grab a customer in their greed. Remember how we used to linger over the meal with conversation and football games and cleaning up the kitchen and preparing the food for the second helpings that are sure to occur within several hours of the meal.

Well, those days are slowly disappearing from the traditional Thanksgiving Day celebration. Now the meal is rushed so that some family members go to a retail store and wait in line for a “pre” Black Friday sale to be held on Thanksgiving Day instead of it being the next day event. And, for the few of my relatives that still insist on watching NFL football on this day – no- no, that will not happen on my TV. Ever since the Colin Kapernick debacle and the player “sheep” that followed his lead on disrespecting the American Flag and the National Anthem, NFL football is being banned and boycotted in my home.

So, as you can see, I am getting agitated over the breakdown of the traditions that we have always found to be sacred revolving around this holiday and I am not liking what I am seeing. What do you think?

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