Thanksgiving 2010 is now underway across the nation. Soon, Thanksgiving 2010 will go through the usual checklist of traditions which have endured for centuries. The morning section is about the parades, as the Macy’s parade leads the way once again. In the afternoon, football takes over, as the NFL holds its annual contests in Detroit and Dallas. Then, by the time night falls, Thanksgiving will truly be complete, when everyone’s stomach is full to the brim.
Parades, eating and football are the leading hallmarks of this holiday. The shadow of Christmas isn’t close behind, as the day is really the opening act of the Christmas season. People are reminded of that in the parades, when Santa Claus appears for the grand finale.
In effect, Thanksgiving is a day to warm up before the madness of Christmas takes over on Black Friday. Of course, if one is too stuffed with food, it might be harder to work up the energy needed for Black Friday stampedes. But that may be what Internet shopping is for.
When the holiday first got started, only one of these hallmarks was around back in the 1600s. Although the Pilgrims and Native Americans weren’t distracted by football and parades, they still managed to eat together with little trouble. Yet their subsequent battles only barely dwarfed those that stressed-out families have at this time each year.
For those who aren’t at each other’s throats, or who don’t struggle to cook everything on time, Thanksgiving is still a special occasion. Like many holidays, the original, sentimental themes of the day often get lost between the chaos and commercialism. But for many, they still find time to give thanks, and enjoy each other’s company.
If doing that is too tall of a task, they have the other distractions to focus on. Today’s football schedule starts in Detroit at 12:30 p.m., as the Lions host the Patriots on CBS. Afterward, at 4:30 p.m. on FOX, the Saints face off against the Cowboys. Nowadays, there is even football at night – at least for those who have the NFL Network – as the Jets host the Bengals tonight.
Despite all of the insanity that might reign on Thanksgiving, it is still technically the calm before the storm. Families won’t have long to rest, with the Christmas season fully under way, and even more preparations needed. Those who are planning feasts tonight can consider this a dry run for the one they’ll put together exactly one month from now.
If there is some down time to actually give thanks, millions around the nation will try to find it. After that, all traces of Thanksgiving will be washed away, to give way for Christmas decorations.
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