Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Thanksgiving Comes First

This time of year, i have to put on blinders.

It's too early to be celebrating Christmas.  Really.

While i cannot wax nearly as eloquent as the founder of this blog-based Thanksgiving Comes First movement, the wonderfully intelligent wordsmith Suldog, i can say that i hate having to put on seasonal blinders.

When the music plays, i change the station if i can, or ignore what i am hearing if i can't.  But i still have to consciously choose to ignore it.

When i pass the displays of decor so out of place to the time of year it truly is, i avert my gaze.

Yes, i know the retailers have to place the orders months in advance, whatever the seasonal item in question.

There is still a time to put it out on the floor, and a time to refrain.

We need to take time to be thankful, as a people.  Just to sit with family and friends and feel gratitude for all the amazing blessings we have.

This needs to be a season set aside to do that.

Christmas will come, as the Grinch found out, it will come just the same.

Even if we wait and practice patience and enjoy each other and our many blessings first.

In fact, we might find we enjoy it much more if we do exactly that.

Christmas can wait for its own time.

Thanksgiving Comes First.

Today is:

Anniversary of the Declaration of the Slovak Nation -- Slovakia

Boun Ok Phansa -- Laos (Buddhist Lent ends)

Buy A Doughnut Day -- any wonder who started this one? (insert eye-roll here)

Checklists Day -- prevent tragedy, create great checklists; in honor of the development of the first well known checklist following a B-17 prototype's crash due to pilot error

Create a Great Funeral Day -- don't make your family choose the plans in the midst of grief, plan your sending away party now, it's more fun when it's done -- in advance!

Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repressions -- most former Soviet Republics

Look in the Back of Your Refrigerator Day / Haunted Refrigerator Night (And hope the old hamburger isn't grazing on the moldy salad.)

Mischief Night, a/k/a Goosey Night, Devil's Night, Cabbage Night -- US

National Candy Corn Day

Practice Winter Snuggling Night -- when it gets really cold, you'll be glad you practiced

St. Dorothy of Montau's Day (Patron of brides, difficult marriages, dying children, parents of large families, widows; Pomerania; Prussia)

St. Marcellus' Day  (as a Roman centurion who threw down his armor and refused to take part in pagan worship, he is Patron of conscientious objectors)

The Rhyne Toll -- Chetwode Manor, UK (through Nov 7) -- the Lord of the Manor may tax any cattle he finds on his Liberty (free pasture) on these days

Try on Your Hallowe'en Costume Early Day -- to see how goofy you look, and make sure you have everything you need

Birthdays Today:

Gavin Rossdale, 1967
Diego Armando Maradona, 1960
Harry Hamlin, 1951
Henry Winkler, 1945
Grace Slick, 1939
Claude Lelouch, 1937
Robert Caro, 1935
Louis Malle, 1932
Ruth Gordon, 1896
Charles Atlas, 1893
Ezra Pound, 1885
Fyodor Dostoevsky, 1821
John Adams, 1735

Today in History:

Antioch surrenders to Rashidun Caliphate and his Muslim forces after the Battle of the Iron Bridge, 637
End of the 8th Crusade, 1270
King Henry VII, Tudor, crowned, 1485
Queen Isabella bans violence against Indians, 1503
The first Methodist church in the US is initiated (Wesley Chapel, NYC), 1768
Dr. Richard Gatling patents the machine gun, 1862
Founding of Helena, Montana (capital city), 1864
John Willis Menard, of Louisiana, becomes the first black elected to the US Congress (by special election, he was challenged by the loser, but was allowed to address Congress from the lectern), 1868
Daniel Cooper patents the time clock, 1894
Martha Hughes Cannon of Utah becomes the first woman US Senator, 1896
The first US Automobile Show opens in Madison Square Garden, NYC, 1900
Czar Nicholas II of Russia grants Russia's first constitution, creating a legislative assembly, 1905
Benito Mussolini is made Prime Minister of Italy, 1922
John Logie Baird creates Britain's first television transmitter, 1925
Orson Welles broadcasts his radio play of H. G. Wells's The War of the Worlds, causing anxiety in some of the audience in the United States, 1938
Anne Frank and sister Margot Frank are deported from Auschwitz to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, 1944
Jackie Robinson of the Kansas City Monarchs signs a contract for the Brooklyn Dodgers to break the baseball color barrier, 1945
Michael Woodruff performs the first successful kidney transplant in the United Kingdom at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, 1960
The Soviet Union detonates the hydrogen bomb Tsar Bomba over Novaya Zemlya; at 58 megatons of yield, it is still the largest explosive device ever detonated, nuclear or otherwise, 1961
The Bosporus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey is completed, connecting the continents of Europe and Asia over the Bosporus for the first time, 1973
The Rumble in the Jungle boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman takes place in Kinshasa, Zaire, 1974
Prince Juan Carlos becomes Spain's acting head of state, taking over for the country's ailing dictator, Gen. Francisco Franco, 1975
In Japan, NEC releases the first 16-bit home entertainment system, the TurboGrafx-16, known as PC Engine, 1987
Quebec sovereignists narrowly lose a referendum for a mandate to negotiate independence from Canada (vote is 50.6% to 49.4%), 1995
The last Multics (Multiplexed Information and Computing Service) early time-sharing operating system is shut down at the Canadian Department of National Defense in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 2000


  1. I have shared your post on our Facebook page, http://facebook.com/thanksgivingcomesfirst

  2. Every year Suldog makes a compelling argument for Thanksgiving not being brushed aside so quickly in favor of Christmas. Only consumers can change this by not shopping early and avoiding stores that promote Christmas in October.

  3. Thank you, Mimi! Your link will be right up the top, along with Matt!

  4. Tis that time of year again... the one which makes me happy that our Thanksgiving happens in early October.

  5. Thank you, Matt!

    Stephen, i'm one consumer who will continue to do just that.

    Suldog, you are welcome, i'm glad to be invited to join.

    Hilary, i wish we could do the same.


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