I guess somebody needs to break it to retailers.
...there's another Holiday between Halloween and Christmas.
Thanksgiving gets overlooked by everyone except people who sell turkey.
That's because it's difficult to monetize a spirit of gratitude.
...expressing thanks doesn't require a trip to Wal-Mart.
...we haven't figured out how to make appreciation appreciate.
Thanksgiving has become a staging area for Christmas commercialism.
I predict that before too many years pass, Thanksgiving will come to be called...
...Black Friday Eve.
It'll be a day set aside for preparing our hearts and minds
...for the fisticuffs scheduled for midnight at Best Buy.
All across the fruited plain we'll gather with loved ones
...to fastidiously study door buster circulars.
And though the checkbook contains nothing but red ink,
...faith in VISA and delayed monthly payments make hearts swell on Black Friday Eve.
Children, eyes full of wonder, will work diligently on their 'requirement records'...
...excuse me, 'wish lists'...
...their tiny hearts heartened by Black Friday Eve's timeless message...
..."No Gift Request is Unreasonable!"
And maybe someday, should our nation survive this era of egocentric hedonism...
...some thoughtful soul will look up, bleary eyed from a stack of holiday mailings...
...and experience a fleeting moment of gratefulness, causing them to think..
"It's nice that we're able to afford all this shopping extravagance..."
"...there should be a whole holiday set aside just for giving thanks."