24 November 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Hello on this wonderful Thanksgiving Day.  Today is supposed to be beautiful in North Dakota.  Yesterday was a balmy 58 degrees and today is also supposed to be above 50, which is really, really warm for this time of year.  Last year we had snow all week and it was about 15-20 for a high temperature (it was that cold just last Saturday...made for a painful walk from the parking lot to the indoor football stadium).  Therefore, the weather today is definitely something to be thankful for.  I'm also very thankful for another year with my wife and daughters.

Here's a link to an article on the first Thanksgiving in 1621.  There was a feast, but there was no football game.  On another note, I don't think that the Pilgrims or the Indians camped out for days to be the first into the local Wal-Mart on Thanksgiving evening.  While I don't have a problem with people having the freedom to shop whenever they so desire, I do think that the ever shorter period of time taken for giving thanks and spending time with family indicate what is most important in our society.  Time for thanks gets pushed aside for commercialism tied to Christmas (which is another disconcerting sign of the times and American materialism, IMHO). 

To get some feedback on feelings toward the start of Black Thursday on Thanksgiving Eve, I am interested to see who will be going to any stores opening before midnight tonight (Thanksgiving).  You can either comment or fill out the poll on the sidebar.  God bless and have a great Thanksgiving regardless.

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