by Gray Graham
The holiday season is upon us once again. It is that time of the year where we gather around and tell everyone how thankful we are. I don't think many people understand there are many people out there that are not thankful.
The holidays are often the loneliest time of the year. Not everyone came from a loving family. Not everyone has close friends. Not everyone is in love. Not everyone has children. Not everyone has a home. In recent times I would say that these are the worst of times for a lot of people.
For more and more Americans, the holiday season is no different than the rest of the year. They still have bills to pay, they still have to work, and they still have to deal with life. In a county where many employees do not get weekends off, much less a holiday, it is a little hard to buy into the illusion of its the most “wonderful time of the year.”
I have seen a lot of outrage at retailers, mostly Walmart, because they are opening on Thanksgiving Day, even though Kmart is actually opened all day. But it is much cooler to hate Walmart because they are the biggest and Americans hate big rich companies even though they fully support big rich companies and the products they sell. This is why these retailers are opened in the first place, because there are people that want to shop.
See Americans have a problem that no one wants to admit. We are so diverse to the point we don't really have anything in common. If you are old you remember the days when the only businesses that were open on Sunday were the essentials to life, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Everything else was closed.
It was so that most people could spend time with their families and take a break. After much protest from businesses that wanted to make the extra money and those people that viewed that as recognizing religion, the laws were changed and now most people can't imagine not being able to go to the mall on Sunday.
So flash forward to today where we are only a couple of years away from stores being open on Christmas and the last sign of a country with anything in common. The sad thing is that Americans never took the time to build a common America. Instead we have always done things based on our individual customs completely ignoring the beliefs and customs of others..
You would think that we could at least agree on celebrating the end of the year, but alas we instead are fighting over saying Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Happy Kwanzaa, or Happy Holidays. But alas this is America where it is better to hate the beliefs of others instead of just living in peace and being thankful for the life you have.
I would say happy Thanksgiving giving but that is being to feel more and more like saying happy Columbus Day.