Let’s use Thanksgiving to be kinder, gentler
November 21, 2018
Many people have said Thanksgiving is their favorite holiday because it's the least commercialized of all holidays.
But it seems now Thanksgiving has been swept up into the two-month holiday frenzy between Oct. 31 and Jan. 1. It's hard for us to keep track of exactly what Black Friday is as we now have all these pre-Black Friday sales.
We're not exactly sure if Black Friday still actually begins on Thanksgiving and even before as it has in recent years or if stores are again to waiting until Black Friday to hold Black Friday. But while we long for the traditional days of celebrating Thanksgiving in a traditional way we do realize there are many who may have to take advantage of all the deals possibly on Thanksgiving to provide their families a Merry Christmas.
What we're trying to say here is we know Thanksgiving traditions constantly change. But here's a new tradition we're asking for that we want to begin today with this 2018 Thanksgiving.
In 1988, George H.W. Bush said we needed a kinder, gentler nation. So we're calling on this year and every year from now on to be a kinder, gentler Thanksgiving.
Most of us are generally good, caring, compassionate people. We see it here in Douglas County on Thanksgiving, during the holidays and really year round how helpful people are to those who are in need.
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But let's go further. Let's not wait until New Year's Day to make this resolution. Let's resolve to be kinder and gentler to each other now on Thanksgiving and resolve to do it every Thanksgiving — and every day of the year.
We're not saying to be weak. We're saying to show strength under control. Many of us know someone, possibly a neighbor, who could be alone on this Thanksgiving. It's not to late to invite them over for Thanksgiving dinner.
We just need to be kinder and gentler to each other. Resolve not to honk at the car in front of you just because it's a second late from taking off after the light turns green. Resolve to be kind in any situation like that.
It's time for all of us this Thanksgiving to be kinder, gentler.