As I run around the beautiful city of Costa Mesa, where South Coast Plaza is the center of "culture", I am already surrounded by holiday decorations. There are tinsel-coated giant stars on the light posts, larger than life Christmas ornaments that surround the mall entrances making you think you have blown a warp whistle from Super Mario Brothers and landed in Big World. And not to mention giant Santa Houses that take over the middle of the mall. At first, I find myself oohing and ahhing over the Christmas Spirit, and wanting to put in my favorite Christmas album: Hanson's Snowed In.
But then, I pause, because I realize that it's only November 4th. We skip from July 4th, to a small celebration of candy during Halloween and then we go straight to Christmas. Thanksgiving, one the BEST and the oldest holidays in our country is getting the shaft. For a people that claim to be sooo American, we sure do drop the turkey and mashed potatoes out the window. I am here to say that:
I. LOVE. THANKSGIVING.
The food, the family, the giving of thanks. It's wonderful. I mean I'm not advocating that we put up large turkey heads at the mall, but don't you think that we could wait just a bit on the holiday decor? Just to honor Thanksgiving?
We will be going to Catalina Island for the fourth year in a row this year, and I am so excited. Good friends of ours live there, and I can not wait to visit again. I made these photos old school so that we could instill some thanks for those that actually grew the corn and killed the turkey:
8 years ago