We don't celebrate Thanksgiving as we should any more. My 3 1/2 year old gets Halloween. He gets Christmas and his birthday. He has yet to get excited or even mention Thanksgiving.
For the last several weeks Austin has been asking, "Is it Halloween time yet?" He's been stating, "It's almost Christmas time!" And as I mentioned yesterday he wanted to start decorating for Christmas practically before he got out of his Halloween costume. The media and Christmas "marketeers" sure don't help. I've heard several news stories in the past week about how Wal Mart and other stores are pushing their Christmas, oh excuse me, holiday discount days even closer to Halloween. We went to Lowes today and they already had two very full (and very beautiful) aisles of Christmas trees and blow-up yard thingys. Austin wanted every last thing in the aisles.
"Look at that Mommy! O Wow! It's Santa!" To which I replied, "But Austin, we haven't had Thanksgiving yet." That fell on deaf ears.
Georgia Mom has a great post today on this subject. She is blogging about Thanksgiving traditions, recipes, and memories during the month of November. Go on over and check it out. In fact, that's where I found the banner I just put in my header today.
In the mean time, join me in a little history refresher on these links from a quick Google search: