I stopped at the mall a few days ago and noticed something peculiar. The retailers have gone strait from Halloween decoration to Christmas lights. They've skipped Thanksgiving! The grocery stores are still marking down turkeys and frozen cranberries are on sale, but that's pretty much it. No paper napkins decorated with fall leaves, no wicker cornucopias, no wreaths made of broom. We've misplaced a holiday. Perhaps I should check lost and found.
Thanksgiving reminds people to give to those who need it. With jobs scarce and so many people just scraping by we need that reminder -and a celebration of the blessings we do have. Life gets depressing if you don't stop and think about the good bits once in awhile.
People will (fortunately) continue to celebrate Thanksgiving, whether or not the stores put out the trappings, but I'm not sure what it says about our country that Thanksgiving is the holiday our retailers are willing to shove in a forgotten corner like the poor Velveteen Rabbit.