Debra is wishing everyone an early Thanksgiving.
Next Thursday is Thanksgiving here in the States. Since I'll be away all day eating yummy food and watching the Bears (lose), I thought I'd give my shout out to Thanksgiving this week, since I probably won't post.
I love Thanksgiving. It is probably my favorite holiday, and it never gets it's due. It gets sandwiched between the candy-grabbing madness of Halloween and the present-buying-giving-and-receiving of Christmas. And that's a shame.
To me it's such an unassuming holiday. No one is begging for treats. No one is expecting presents. It's simply a time to be thankful for the things we have and to spend time with family and friends.
And of course we get some of the best food ever on Thanksgiving. Succulent turkey, creamy mashed potatoes, tart cranberries, crumbly corn bread, spicy pumpkin pie...excuse me while I wipe the drool from my keyboard. And then there's always leftovers for turkey club sandwiches the next day. Yum and yummier.
Now don't get me wrong, I love Christmas too, but it has become so commercialized and it just can't wait it's turn. Christmas crafts have been out in the hobby stores since summer. Decorative Christmas items went into the stores before Halloween. Even the Village has already strung and lit all of the trees downtown. The Christmas tree lightning ceremony is the night before Thanksgiving. The other day I was driving home and saw a home with its tree already up and lit in the living room window.
And even the weather isn't cooperating this year. We already have some snow, and we've had wind chills below zero. Ugh.
Poor Thanksgiving just doesn't stand a chance.
So I have a firm rule that I do nothing that has anything to do with Christmas until the Friday after Thanksgiving.
One year when I was promoting my Christmas novella, many of the blog tours kicked in before Thanksgiving. I had a tough time breaking my own rule. That's partially was inspired me to write a Thanksgiving novella. I wanted to focus on the proper holiday at the proper time. And for fun, my heroine Katy shares my feelings about giving Thanksgiving its due before Christmas comes around.
So whether you officially celebrate Thanksgiving or not, take a moment to stop and count your blessings this week or next.
Until next time,
Happy Reading and Happy Thanksgiving!
An Unexpected Blessing - a Thanksgiving novella - from The Wild Rose Press