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Wait…What Happened to Thanksgiving?

Looking at my Baltimore Ravens calendar, it is clearly early November. But judging by the Christmas decorations on State Street in downtown Chicago, you’d think it was mid-December. Yes, I’m looking at you, Macy’s!

Let’s back up a second here. We just celebrated Halloween. Seriously. My Wicked Witch hat is still lying on my bedroom floor. So why is that when the date switches to November 1 people immediately drag out the holiday decorations?!

Don’t get me wrong, I love Baby Jesus in a manger, ye ol’ yuletide and all that good stuff. But I love Thanksgiving just as much…if not more!

Think about it: On Turkey Day you get all the benefits of Christmas (home cooked meal, quality time with family and friends, football games galore, etc.) without the pressure and anxiety of purchasing the “perfect” gift for Grandma Sue.

Or at least that’s how I feel about it. Every holiday in its own time. So don’t start playing Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song” the day after Halloween. It’s just not right. That’s what Black Friday is for, after all.

So before you bring out, or cut down, your Christmas tree and get tangled in a bunch of colorful lights, take a moment to stop and think about what you’re grateful for this year.

After all, the holidays are about more than the presents under the tree.