In the headlong rush (at least among stores) to get Christmas decorations out -- or, if you prefer, to "get the holiday season started" -- it seems to me that we're forgetting a major holiday.
Whatever happened to Thanksgiving?
I remember multi-colored "Indian" corn on doors, Pilgrim figures on wreaths and signs, and plenty of orange-and-brown decorations before the red-and-green -- and I remember them not so long ago.
As I flinched last week at the first sights of Christmas decorations, I turned to Bartlett's Familiar Quotations to find some wisdom about Thanksgiving. I found several quotations for the coming days, but here's the one that struck me first and hardest:
"Gratitude is but a lame sentiment; thanks, when they are expressed, are often more embarrassing than welcome."
-- from "Underwoods," 1887, by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894).
Could we be avoiding embarrassment by brushing aside Thanksgiving? Are we embarrassed about being grateful? I think my old friend Louis might be onto something here. We need to be grateful, as hard as it can be to express and accept.
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