2013-12-06 / Columnists

Slice Of Life

Holiday Jumping
By Beth Hanning

So now that Thanksgiving is officially over we can start talking about the next holiday season. Those of you that were decorating and wearing Christmas garb before Thanksgiving was over are according to my good friend, “Holiday Jumpers.” My daughters and I relished the term and when we entered my inlaw’s house on Thanksgiving to my mother-in-law wearing a Santa hat with a jingle bell necklace and ornament earrings. My two daughters immediately scolded her and made her take off her hat. As a compromise they let her keep on her red ornament earrings.

Why is Thanksgiving being shut out of the holiday world? The only Thanksgiving tune that comes to mind is Adam Sandler’s “The Thanksgiving Song.” However, that song was originally performed in 1992 on Saturday Night Live. Many “millennials” do not even know the popular culture references in the holiday song. Many know Elvis, but do they know Jimmy Walker from “Good Times” or model Cheryl Tiegs? No other popular culture singer or songwriter has managed to pen a tune to spending time with the relatives and eating and drinking to excess? They would not even have to be as original as Adam Sandler and write their own song. They could Google a list of Thanksgiving songs and remake an old song with an updated beat, similarly to what many artists do with Christmas tunes.

Forget about music? What about Thanksgiving films? I would have loved to have seen the classic Steve Martin and John Candy “Planes Trains and Automobiles” on television a few times during November.

This comedy follows two men desperate to get home for Thanksgiving after their plane is cancelled due to weather. This is as good of a film as “The Christmas Story” and should be on as well for 24 hours during the Thanksgiving weekend similar to the 24 hour feed that “The Christmas Story” receives during Christmas on TBS. Thank goodness for good ole Charlie Brown and his gang for delivering us some Thanksgiving cheer even though the episode is 40 years old.

I do not know why Thanksgiving is getting the shaft the last few years. To me Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. The meal is great and I do not have one quarter of the stress that is involved with the Christmas season. I get to show up to two different houses with just either a dessert or an appetizer. I do not have to purchase gifts, wrap gifts and organize which gifts are going to which house. Let alone what to buy that picky relative. Or what to get the man who has everything: my dad.

So now that Thanksgiving is over and we can begin to celebrate Christmas, and other holidays, let the stress begin!

Have a good week everyone. I would love to hear your thoughts on holiday jumping or the holidays in general.

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