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Holidays are nearPosted Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at 4:33 PM
Thanksgiving is just a couple weeks away and I don't think we should let it get lost in the rush to get to Christmas.
In my opinion Thanksgiving should be a time when family comes together to not only share a meal but to spend time together. It is okay to watch a football game in the afternoon, eat too much and be miserable but let's not forget why we celebrate the day.
When we were in grade school we learned about the pilgrims who came here to be free and settle a new country.
Several years ago we were visiting in Virginia and did a tour of Jamestown. We toured a replica of those first boats that came to America. The pilgrims had to be tough just to survive the trip over. I can't imagine. I was only aboard maybe 30 minutes and I was glad to get off.
Taking Thanksgiving for granted is what we do today. Those early settlers had to be thankful they survived those first years.
I have had my say about Thanksgiving so I will go ahead and say I will probably be out there looking for the Christmas bargains along with the other thousands of shoppers trying to get an early start and save a dollar.
We have long been fans of the early morning shopping the day after Thanksgiving but I understand this year some stores are going to open at 8 p.m. the day of Thanksgiving. I am still deciding if I like the change.
Last year I stayed in line for over two hours to get a camera on the morning of Black Friday. I got it but I also heard a lot of conflict and grumbling around me throughout the ordeal. I think if we are going to be shopping, the least we can do is try to be polite to other shoppers who are brave enough to face the crowds.
Thanksgiving and Christmas come but once a year but the older I get, the faster they arrive. It just seems like yesterday I was standing in the long line.
Remember on Thanksgiving if you know someone who will be alone, invite them over for lunch or at least take them a plate. I guarantee it will make their Thanksgiving better and yours, also.
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Revis Blaylock has been on staff with the Manila Town Crier for over 35 years. She has enjoyed making friends in all the areas that the Town Crier covers. This blog contains her general ramblings about events throughout Buffalo Island. She welcomes your comments and ideas for future stories.