Giving Thanks during Thanksgiving

Yesica Venegas, Staff Writer

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We were all excited for Halloween, the candy and the costumes. Immediately after it was a November 1st and we went right to Christmas. What happened to Thanksgiving? Is it not that important anymore? Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, which was marked by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in October 1621. Thanksgiving is a time where all our families come together and spend time with each other. So why do we skip Thanksgiving and go straight to Christmas? Tik-Tok has shown this problem with a video playing a couple of seconds before November 1st and Christmas music starting to play when the month arrives. 

“I think why people forget about it Thanksgiving anymore is because they just think about black Friday and the food they are going to get on Thanksgiving. Also, no one really focuses that Thanksgiving is a day to be thankful for what we have because some of us have what other people need. Some people just think it’s a boring holiday for us,” says Jessica Garcia. 

 Cynthia Tapia said, “people sometimes jump right into Christmas because they think about the break they are going to get off [by] not going to school or work, [they] mainly focus on what presents they might get and want and [they don’t] see what we should really be thankful for in life. Knowing how people react to things, Halloween was for dressing up and getting candy and giving yourself a sugar rush. Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and being grateful for what you’re thankful for but not receiving anything. Then at Christmas, everyone is just excited about what they will get and not understanding that a lot of people like receiving, not giving.”

In the week we get off school, stop for a minute and appreciate your surroundings and the people you love. Gifts are replaceable but your loved ones are not. Thanksgiving is about focusing on them and not the shiny paper under the tree.