I posted this on my FB account earlier this week, partly in jest, but partly in earnest. I propose that Congress move the date of Thanksgiving into early October. It really bothers me that Thanksgiving gets lost in the Christmas shopping advertising blitz that starts right before Halloween. I am sick of going into the grocery store or the big box store Halloween week and hearing Christmas music. I'm already sick of seeing the poinsettia and Santa decorations in those places too. I want to see turkeys and Pilgrims and pumpkins! So if we were to move Thanksgiving into October, the merchants would have free reign to advertise all they want for 2.5 months!
. In my own way, I try very hard to keep to more traditional practices. I don't start decorating for Christmas or play Christmas music until Advent begins. I rarely even begin to think about gifts until Thanksgiving weekend. I have never participated in Black Friday sales, and don't ever plan on doing so. My tree goes up usually the about 10 days before Christmas, and remains up until Epiphany. I light an Advent wreath, and I participate as much as possible in all the Advent events at church (music, services, study groups, crafts, etc.) My choice for Christmas music skews way towards the religious carols and hymns and classical pieces. I want to keep Christmas special with the emphasis on the spiritual aspects. Don't get me wrong. I love the decorations, and the lights, and a lot of the hoopla --- but I like it during the month of December, and during the season of Advent.
I'm not sure if moving the date of Thanksgiving would make things worse as far as the commercialization of Christmas, but I suspect that it might help make Thanksgiving a major holiday again, instead of the bump in the road in the marketing season.