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"Sometimes I think NYC is in a different universe.

NYC was not my only reference point.

Merchandizing does not make a holiday

Did 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 the
locale 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 were
not overly out-coming as to the reasons why - I thought that perhaps
you in a funk.

c) Pilgrims and cornucopias are in abundance. They compete with
Halloween 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 or
in the mid-west. Actually, the northeast generally has not been
complaining either.
Y'all have been through a rough period and there are times when
days to weeks without power and seeing folks displaced causes
folks to focus - actually requires folks to focus on the ills
of our time and the problems in the neighborhoods. But there are
more reasons to be thankful if folks choose to be open to them.

Which 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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