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Basic Biittner : The forgotten holiday

Thursday, November 29, 2007

I don't know about you, but over the last decade or so, retail merchants and advertisers seem to have boosted Hallowe'en - not even an "official" holiday - into a mega-holiday. What was once a kids' holiday, where mothers made their little ones a nice, simple costume to wear to school on October 31 and MAYBE to go to a few homes in the early evening has exploded into grown - up parties where the adults wear costumes, too, and every town seems to have a Haunted House. Seasonal shops with costumes and other Halloween doo-dads also seem to have popped up here and there. Most TV sitcoms have also started having special Halloween episodes as well.

And then, the day after Halloween (or so it seems), the same merchants and advertisers start the Christmas season rolling.

The thing about this whole trend that upsets me the most is the shoving aside of one of the most important holidays - Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is not about turkey or football, it is about giving thanks for the many blessings that have been bestowed upon us by God.

I hope we all took the time out on Nov. 22 to give thanks - and better yet, that we do it every day of the year, not just on the fourth Thursday in November.

Dan Whitney
Basic Biittner