I love the premise of Thanksgiving – we celebrate all the blessings in our lives, we recognize how fortunate we are, we gather around a table with people we love and share our bounty. It is truly a wonderful tradition.
I have noticed some dramatic shifts in the 20+ years we have celebrated Thanksgiving in the US. When I first moved here, many grocery stores were closed and the ones that were open closed at 2pm. There were no other shops open, lining up at midnight or earlier on Thursday evening was not done and Black Friday weekend felt quieter, less aggressive, more like a good way to keep the togetherness of Thursday going.
I liked it better “in the old days”.
I admit to a strong dislike for the current buy-buy-buy world I live in. Corporations push harder every week to instill a desire for more and we absorb the messages that having a new xyz will make us happier, prettier, more lovable.
My answer to this was to sell most of what we owned and hit the road for 9 months of self-discovery. I am not sure what the bigger answer is.
The only thing I can suggest is that this week, if you are in the US, you join me in boycotting shops and websites. I ask that we stand together against consumerism; take a few days to look at our lives and truly appreciate our many blessings.
I love the idea of an entire nation giving thanks, together we can bring the true spirit of Thanksgiving back to our society but it takes action on all our parts.
Happy Thanksgiving and Namaste.