Thanksgiving: Family, Food or Frenzy?

It’s been awhile since I’ve communicated from heaven.  I know, I know… Every blog you follow, at some point, will have a lull in publishing and they begin a new post with “I haven’t blogged in awhile…”  I apologize for my internet absence, but furry angels get busy and sidetracked too.

I actually penned a blog not too long ago addressing the elephant in the room: gun laws.  The post was meant as a call to discussion, but sadly there are gun owners who would like to “use their second amendment rights on the leftist dog” and I was forced to delete the entire post.  Thankfully, the over-the-top comments landed in moderation or spam, as I wouldn’t want my readers to experience negative vibes.  But, alas, I am back!

Holidays are for relaxing with family

Thanksgiving weekend is already a week past and I am still counting my blessings.  Thanksgiving is just a day, but the focus of the holiday should be felt all year long.  I believe the world would be a better place if each and every day love and reverence were felt towards family and loved ones.  365 days of gratitude!

The other angels and I have a difficult time understanding the urge to spend, spend, spend on the days following gratitude day.  It’s disconcerting that bipeds feel the need for more things instead of reveling in their gratitude for what they have.  Friends, family, health, a soft place to lay your head at night, puppies, breath, life… what more could a human need?

More bothersome is the push to spend sooner, cutting into family time and the much beloved post turkey lounge-fest.  Thanksgiving is the only truly communal holiday in the US.  The only holiday with shared traditions that span religions, ethnicity and income levels.

It’s a shame to see big box retailers luring shoppers away from their families with the promise of once in a lifetime deals.  Is a discount on an imported gadget really more meaningful than an extra piece of grandma’s pumpkin pie?  Than conversation with little seen relatives around the table?  Than cheering on your favorite football team with your siblings?

pups always believe in staying for seconds over frenzied shopping

We participated in Small Business Saturday and Cyber-Monday this year.  We still found deals, discovered locally made treasures and didn’t miss out on a minute of holiday time.  Maybe, communally, we can start a new Thanksgiving tradition:  returning to old traditions — returning to a day of gratitude and savoring family and food.

Did your long Thanksgiving weekend involve family or frenzy?  Please share!



  1. Catherine Balck says:

    Atticus, I posted an anti-black Friday protest on my facebook page, and didn’t expect to have many of my friends say they would join me. I was pleasantly surprised that over 15 friends liked and/or commented on my post saying they agreed with me (and by extension you).

    I feel that a frenzy of shopping starting on the day we give thanks for our blessings is distateful. Joining the frenzy would send a message to the large chain retailers that forcing their employees to leave their family and work the cash register was acceptable. So in protest I declared no shopping of any kind from 7:00 PM Thanksgiving Day until 7:00 AM Saturday morning. I personally didn’t spend a dime from Wednesday night until Monday afternoon, and I feel great about my choice!

    I love your comment about Thanksgiving being the only communal holiday in the US, you are so right! I hope you receive the same positive feedback on your blog post that I received on my facebook post!

  2. Atticus says:

    That’s great that you didn’t spend during frenzy weekend, Catherine! You know we completely agree that urge to splurge is distasteful and it’s downright shameful that the Walmart’s & Targets of the world force their employees to spend the holiday at work instead of with their family and friends. Not to mention, the low wages & benefits these workers endure throughout the year —- they deserve 1 day to relax and enjoy the holiday!

    I’m happy to hear that so many of your friends agree with your anti-black Friday post. Personally, I don’t think we know anyone who shopped on the holiday or the following day. Thanks for your input! :)

  3. yay your blog is fixed. As usual Atticus is preaching to the converted here – I don’t do Black Friday and was also horrified that stores opened on the Thursday so went nowhere near them and I never will!
    Louise Edington
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  4. Atticus says:

    We didn’t figure you were a Black Friday shopper, Louise! So happy you were able to comment :) Hope that means the bug is fixed

  5. We had our Thanksgiving the week after Thanksgiving – scheduled to give the new parents a little time to adjust! With people flying in, we also scheduled just in case the baby decided to be a bit late! We had a grand time, and it was completely free of commercialism or pressures. I feel so sorry for people whose holiday amounts to little more than a mad spending spree. I did have to laugh when I read news articles lamenting that Black Friday sales were down because people spent more on Thursday. A complication they weren’t expecting?

    Glad I was able to finally comment. :)
    Judy Stone-Goldman recently posted..How a Grandmother and Speech Pathologist Come Together in Playtime

  6. Atticus says:

    We’re so glad you were finally able to comment too, Judy! Little website glitches appear to be resolved :)

    Post-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving sounds wonderful! No commercialism, just family…. the way the holiday should be celebrated!

  7. I like it! It’s short, rhythmic, and catchy! Now I just have to find time to “relax it out!” Today’s not my day – I’m heading to the dentist (kind of the antithesis, don’t you think?), but I think just putting this phrase into my mind will motivate me to actually implement it.

    So the real question, Atticus: Where you are now, is everyone just relaxing it out all the time?

    We miss you {{{ethereal hugs}}}

    Judy Stone-Goldman
    Where the Personal and Professional Meet
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  8. Atticus says:

    I hope you were able to Relax it Out at the dentist, Judy. Seems like the right time & place to use the new catch-phrase!

    To answer your question, no stress in heaven :) But it’s not all relaxing about either. I have a lot of people and pups to watch over…

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