I guess since Thanksgiving is the tradition of Giving Thanks and Family Gatherings and can't conceivably be drummed up into a Commercial Enterprise, it's not worth the bother as far as major marketing companies are concerned.
Instead, we are just left with sappy old illustrations by Normal Rockwell and that annoying cartoon turkey you see here and there. You know, the one wearing the Pilgrim Hat and carrying an old blunderbuss.
Still, there is no denying that we get the Holiday Spirit revved up and good things start to happen.
Such as the local Channel 3 having a turkey drive for the food bank, and asking for 500 turkeys to be donated. And getting 5000 instead! No kidding! I swung by there on Monday when they started giving them away and I saw easily 3000 people standing in line. The line went totally around the block and halfway down another block. The cops were there to block traffic because of the long lines.
I decided to forgo getting in the back of the line because I assessed the situation and realized that by the time I found parking, I'd be person number 5001.
No turkey for YOU!
Well, I don't have enough money to buy a turkey and that's all there is to that.
I was at the Safeway yesterday picking up a bag of potatoes and exchanging pleasantries with the check-out clerk. She asked if I was all ready for Thanksgiving and I said, everything but the turkey which I can't buy this year.
The person standing behind me said, "I'll buy you a turkey."
Really, I'm not kidding. The person behind me bought me a turkey, paid for it on the spot and told me to go pick it out.
I gave Thanks for that!!
Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! Give Thanks! Gift Thanks!