by Sandra Sookoo
First of all, thanks to Heather for inviting me onto the blog today. (HB: My pleasure) Second, I’m annoyed. And no, it’s not for the usual reasons you might think LOL
Two weeks ago, Target started ad campaigns for the Christmas season—in the freaking middle of October. Now, just today, the second offender, HSN, has followed suit.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy Christmas just as much as the next person, but daring to advertise before Halloween? (At the time of writing this blog post, Halloween hadn't occurred yet.) That’s just completely uncool. I’m contemplating boycotting these two retailers this year just for spite, because let’s face it, my patronage at either establishment won’t make or break their bottom lines.
That’s the bad thing.
Anyway, back to my gripe. Fall in the
is my favorite season.
I live near the United
States Great Lakes. Once the cool air
makes its way into , the leaves
start to change into reds, oranges and yellows. The air is perfumed with wood
burning stoves, bonfires and apples. The shrieks and laughter of kids shatters
the still air once fall break starts, and I diligently drag out the pumpkin
decorations. I generally have two and a half months to make my home bright and
cheery with fall décor and to burn my fall-themed candles. Indiana
And, because it wouldn’t be my house if I didn’t, I put out the Pilgrim Pooh and Stitch in a turkey costume stuffed animals. They sit on my fireplace mantle all season LOL
This penchant of retailers rushing the seasons in the quest of the almighty dollar needs to go. I don’t mind skipping over Halloween so much but it seems to me that too many people turn a blind eye to Thanksgiving.
According to Wikipedia: “In the
, the modern
Thanksgiving holiday tradition is commonly traced to a 1621 celebration at United States in
present-day Plymouth . The 1621 Massachusetts feast and
thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest. In later years, the tradition was
continued by civil leaders such as Governor Bradford who planned a thanksgiving
celebration and fast in 1623. The practice of holding an annual harvest
festival like this did not become a regular affair in Plymouth New England until the
I remember back in the day when I was in school, we always remembered Thanksgiving. There were classroom “feasts” and the making of hand turkeys, a reenactment of the Pilgrims meeting the Indians (or Native Americans now) and we made pasta necklaces and paper bag turkeys. And always, everyone was told why we celebrate Thanksgiving and why that particular winter was so darned tough on the Pilgrims. They had to rely on folks who were different than them for their very survival. It’s the ultimate story of trust and friendship.
Sigh. At times I long for the good old days before the nation became grubby with the love of money and material things. In the last ten years or so, the reverence for the simple act of being thankful has faded and frayed at the edges. Everyone seems to be so concerned for “what’s next?” that the simple things of life are sacrificed.
Don’t get me wrong, as soon as the Thanksgiving meal is put away and the kitchen cleaned, all thoughts turn to dragging out the Christmas tree and if we need to buy new lights for said tree this year, etc.
Maybe it’s silly to hope for more of a Norman Rockwellian approach to life (and incidentally, some of my contemporary/sci-fi heroes/heroines lament this very fact as well LOL) or that folks would just slow down enough to enjoy the company of the people they’re with of the moment. Life’s too short to slip into the thought that “they’ll always be there. I’ll talk to them tomorrow.”
You never know.
Where am I going with this, you ask? I’m just saying, be thankful. Count your blessings instead of your problems. In this day and age of being constantly connected to everything in the world 24/7 via the Internet, it’s all too easy to fall into a “woe is me” kind of thinking, or even the “look at me, aren’t I awesome” spiral. Take a step back and just “be.”
This year, I’m thankful for the opportunities I’ve been given. In January, I never could have imagined I’d be writing the things I did this year. (And can I just get a little “woot, woot” for writing in the Regency? I never thought I’d be doing that, yet here I am LOL) I kicked out a lot of the negative people in my life and that was a good thing because it paved the way for way more awesome and supportive people to come in. I don’t miss that whole big stress ball. I’ve been way more fulfilled in my writing life this year than I ever have been. I may not be a best seller but I adore every single piece I put out there this year. And, what’s more, in December I’ll celebrate my tenth wedding anniversary to the most wonderful man I know.
Milestones, I tell you. Don’t hop over the milestones in the quest to get somewhere else faster. Slow down. Christmas will still be there the same day it always is every year. This year, usher in the Thanksgiving spirit and sit down with those who matter most and be genuinely thankful. You only have one chance on this rock and you don’t get a do over.
I’m in a generous mood today. In less than two weeks I’ll be on vacation at Disney World celebrating my tenth early (since December at Disney is crazy scary crowded) so, to one random commenter I’m giving away the book of your choice (plus book swag) Yeah, that’s right. If you want a digital book or a print book, the choice is yours. All you need to do is leave a comment telling me one thing you’re thankful for this year. Don’t forget to leave your contact info.
Giveaway will run through November 16th. Winner will be posted the next day. Please be aware that some content in my books is adult-oriented. Contest is open to international entries.
Sandra is a writer of romantic fiction. Her portfolio includes historical, contemporary, sci-fi, and paranormal romances in full-length books as well as shorts and novellas. No matter if the heat level is spicy or sweet, she loves to blend genres and oftentimes will add humor to the mix.
When not immersed in creating new worlds and engaging characters, Sandra likes to read, bake, taste new teas, watch The Big Bang Theory, and travel. Her favorite place to spend vacation hours is Walt Disney World: it’s where dreams come true and the soul can play. When she’s not writing, she’s keeping things interesting at her Believing is Seeing blog or spending time with her husband, who patiently answers questions she has about men, sci-fi-related subjects, and the odd “what if”.