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Take time to be thankful

By Kristen Tribe | Published Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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As we cruise into the holiday season, it’s apparent Thanksgiving is simply the pre-game for Christmas.

The jack-o-lanterns and candy corns were replaced Nov. 1 with turkeys wearing Santa hats and Christmas tunes being blared from every available public speaker.

I suggest we slow down.

Kristen Tribe

Kristen Tribe

Thanksgiving deserves an independent celebration, separate from Santa and his elves.

Think back to the days of drawing hand turkeys, reading about the Mayflower and coloring cornucopias. Whatever happened to cornucopias?

Thanksgiving may not be the most glamorous of all the holidays, but it’s become my favorite. It’s a simple time to celebrate family and friends. It’s a day where we actually slow down and express gratitude, an act often overlooked in our daily routines.

In an effort to separate the two holidays, I’ve adopted the following rules:

1. I will not have a Starbucks peppermint mocha until the day after Thanksgiving.

This may seem arbitrary, but it’s my feeble attempt to kick off the holiday season. One of my friends, who is a former Starbucks employee, pointed out that peppermint mocha is available year-round. I was aware of this, but depriving myself of it the other 11 months of the year means it’s a Christmas indulgence. And let’s face it, those are few and far between as an adult. So if a peppermint mocha makes me feel more magical, so be it. But I’ll save it for post-Thanksgiving.

2. I will not listen to Christmas music until the day after Thanksgiving.

I just can’t. Now after Thanksgiving, you’re likely to hear holiday tunes regularly in my playlist, but until then I deny myself. And don’t even talk to me about Christmas movies. Like everyone else, I have my favorites, but they are not to be watched until December, plain and simple.

3. Christmas decorations – just wait.

I generally hold off until the weekend after Thanksgiving to put up any Christmas decorations. I just can’t bear to have my tree overshadow the turkey. That being said, I do understand the method of “do it when you can.” Everyone is so busy these days, it’s convenient to get those Christmas decorations out when you have a few days off for Thanksgiving. If the weather’s pretty, go ahead and slap those Christmas lights on the house. My suggestion: just don’t turn them on.

I’m not trying to be legalistic. I just like to actually recognize Thanksgiving and cherish that time.

It’s more than a precursor to Christmas. It’s a time to really appreciate what’s before you.

So ease up on the holly jolly and celebrate a season of Thanksgiving with those that mean the most to you.

Kristen Tribe is the assistant publisher of the Messenger and will be found at Starbucks likely some time on Friday.

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