Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Was it just me, or was Thanksgiving a blur this year? The holiday that was designed for us to reflect and give thanks was still in full swing, when the next season encroached upon us in full force. While I knew that certain stores were opening Thanksgiving evening, I had been so busy preparing for Thanksgiving that I didn’t know (until one of my sons left after dinner with a group of friends) that entire malls were remaining open through the night for a new kind of Black Friday shopping experience.
Thanksgiving falls after midterms on the academic calendar. Colleges and universities will soon be in final exams for the semester. Online lectures and study notes are now a regular part of a college student’s life. One of my sons came home for the holiday and immediately began studying online for five final exams. While I am grateful that he is a double dean’s list accounting major at UB, I wasn’t glad when he left—right after Thanksgiving dinner, to return to campus. He explained that our internet was connecting too slowly, and that he needed to get back in order to get a better connection to the university websites needed. Despite my efforts to persuade him to stay a little later to savor the holiday, he returned to his studies. We have four wonderful young adult sons, and I greatly enjoy their company. I was disappointed that he left, but he is focused and determined, and remembering my own university years, I understood.
Just yesterday, I took down all of my beloved fall decorations — earlier than ever before, to “deck the halls” for Christmas. Golden pumpkins, burgundy leaves, Pilgrims, turkeys, and Native American sculptures made way for poinsettias, manger scenes, snowmen, garland and Santas. As I changed my “autumn wreath” scented candles for “Christmas Time” scented candles, I realized that I too had yielded to the increasingly earlier celebration of Christmas, and in my heart of hearts, I had a “reality check,” and I had a good laugh. I made the choice to rejoice.