Kristopher Pierce: Forgetting what we’re thankful for

December 2, 2013 

Now playing annually at a store near you: “The Black Friday Deals That Stole Thanksgiving.”

It’s a horror picture about how Black Friday encroached on Thanksgiving. It’s narrated by a grandfather telling his grandkids about a time when Thanksgiving was about thanking God, being with family, and sharing a feast together. The poor grandkids don’t remember a time when Thanksgiving wasn’t, at least in part, about getting the best deal on a 50-inch HDTV.

That was before the times of darkness. That was before the Empire of Consumerism Run Amok. But there were rebels – a last alliance of Charlie Browns and Cindy Lou Whos who fought to keep thankfulness to God, time spent with loved ones and family traditions at the center of the holidays. It is these people – not the decisions of large corporations or online campaigns – who may one day turn things around.

For, as Gandalf the Grey observed, “It is the small, everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay.” May they and their ilk increase in these times of American idols and misplaced priorities.

KRISTOPHER PIERCE

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