"Sometimes I think NYC is in a different universe.NYC was not my only reference point.Merchandizing does not make a holidayDid I say that it did?I also commented about my sister decorating with Pilgrims, turkeys, etc. -- and AFAIK, she wasn't "merchandising".Thanksgiving was, is, and shall be.Well, the "was" isn't actually that long. And I too hope that it "shall be". Even if I never see another Pilgrim or cornucopia.Christina "^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^a) I suspect you don't always recognize how much influence thelocale has on the denizens perspective. It is a natural aspect of living in an area.b) You implied that the holiday was declining. Although you werenot overly out-coming as to the reasons why - I thought that perhapsyou in a funk. Smile.c) Pilgrims and cornucopias are in abundance. They compete withHalloween and Christmas decorations and Christmas music playing 24/7 already - but that has been the case for quite a while.We all have reasons to say "Thanks be to God."We all have reasons to say "Oh, heck."I do not hear folks complaining about Thanksgiving in the south orin the mid-west. Actually, the northeast generally has not beencomplaining either.Y'all have been through a rough period and there are times whendays to weeks without power and seeing folks displaced causesfolks to focus - actually requires folks to focus on the illsof our time and the problems in the neighborhoods. But there are more reasons to be thankful if folks choose to be open to them.Howie52Which is a long-winded and preachy way to say "Hang in and try to have a happy and plentiful Thanksgiving". All things in life are subject to change.You mainly choose what is important and what changes in your life.
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