Did you miss the “War on Thanksgiving,” too?
Posted By Sparta Live | December 2, 2019 1:31 pm
Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines
This past Thanksgiving was very different from the ones I remember as a child and even as an adult with my children. When I was a child, holidays were split among members of my dad’s family. It was simple logistics. My mom’s family lived 250 miles north of us. All my dad’s family lived within a 20-mile radius. No matter whose house we were at, there were aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins getting together.
After dinner and cleanup by the females in the family, the males would gather around the TV and watch football. The kids would be regulated to the basement/family room to play there and not annoy the football watchers or interrupt mothers, aunts, or grandma as they talked around the kitchen table. As we got older and had children of our own, the only time the entire clan gathered to celebrate a holiday was on Christmas Eve with my dad’s parents. Holidays were then celebrated by the individual families, which were plenty big in their own right.
The holiday dynamics took another turn when our children started having families of their own and were scattered across the country. As my siblings and I got older, we opted for quieter, simpler holidays when some of us retired and moved away from our home town. I am sure there are still lots of families that continue with some form of a “traditional” holiday celebrations that can be loud, crazy, and at the same time loving. I found that no matter who you celebrate the holidays with or how you do it, nothing changes your appreciation for what those holidays symbolize.
I was rather shocked when Donald Trump announced last Tuesday, at a rally in Florida, that even though he won the “War on Christmas,” the liberals have started a “War on Thanksgiving.” As I researched this presidential declaration, I discovered that Fox News was the first to promote this idea, not the “liberals.” I can honestly say I never got the memo from anyone in regard to a “war” on any holiday.
This silliness regarding a “War on Thanksgiving” started because of a single article written by Alexandra Emanuelli at HuffPost. The article was titled: “The Environmental Impact of Your Thanksgiving Dinner.” The writer wasn’t advocating individuals stop celebrating Thanksgiving nor was she calling on the government to ban the holiday. Ms. Emanuelli was simply offering alternatives people could use to lessen the effects on our environment. I am sure even the most ardent of us liberals who try to do the right thing for our environment give themselves a break, especially when it comes to whatever traditional food we serve to family and friends during the holidays. A great many “traditional” dinners may have developed over time due to circumstances or a family’s favorite food. Some people don’t like the “traditional” turkey. They may fry it, smoke it or serve something entirely different. How does that equate to a “War on Thanksgiving?” When my family lived too far away to go home for Christmas, we developed our own “traditional Christmas meal.” It was a beef fondue with salad and lots of garlic bread. It was easy for me since I could prepare everything in advance and we could eat when we wanted. All we had to do is warm up the bread and the fondue pot. What we ate didn’t diminish our holiday spirit, and no one accused us of participating in a “War on Christmas.”
I must admit that it saddens me when Fox News and Donald Trump try to promote this kind of division among Americans. We have enough divisions in our country, right now, and to have anyone trying to start a “war” on any holiday is ludicrous. Personally, I have never been insulted by someone who wishes me “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” I have never felt as if someone was going to come and arrest me because I said “Happy Holidays.” I have friends who are from different religious backgrounds and some who are not overtly religious. I usually buy two sets of cards that I send out during the holiday season. Some have a religious theme, wishing people a Merry Christmas and the other ones wishing people “Happy Holidays.” So far, neither the postal inspector and the FBI nor any other law enforcement agency has come to my door and arrested me for failing to say “Merry Christmas.” Maybe the card companies hire lobbyists to keep their freedom to create and sell cards for ALL occasions and holidays. That’s just a thought.
I realize Donald Trump is worried about the polls that indicate more people want the impeachment hearings to continue, and the number of people who want him removed from office is increasing as more information is coming to light. It isn’t more than 50 percent of the people, yet, depending on the polls, although that may change if Mr. Trump keeps conjuring up crazy stuff to deflect the attention being given to the impeachment inquiry. It isn’t a good look. In fact, in my opinion, it makes him look more guilty of breaking the law and trying to obstruct justice.
His recent behavior and rhetoric are not helping him. I think all of us can understand and maybe even relate to the feeling that everything seems to be crashing down around his head right now and not knowing who to trust and where to turn. Unfortunately, for Donald Trump, he has never had to deal with this much scrutiny in his life. He doesn’t have the capability or experience to deal with it. He has always had “fixers” to get him out of trouble or take the blame for any wrongdoing. That is not the case any longer. The Constitution protects the American people from having a president becoming a law unto himself.
The only war that concerns me is the war Donald Trump has launched on our Democracy.