Thoughts on the beginning of the Holiday Season:
- Let’s give credit where credit is due. The Pilgrims were style setters with the men introducing the new world to Goth styles of clothes.
- Likewise, wearing a buckle and belt on one’s hat may have been the inspiration for teenagers to wear their belts low enough for their underwear to show. (For some people, belts belong anywhere except around the waist).
- The pilgrims (who didn’t refer to themselves as pilgrims) had originally set sail planning to land elsewhere in the New World. Some say it was New Yor while others say it was Virginia—both English settlements—in any case they ended up in Massachusetts. Some say it was due to winter storms, while others claim that despite the wives’ warning, the men refused to ask for directions. (Maybe, as Bugs Bunny says, they should have made the turn at Albuquerque.)
- Interestingly, although the “First Thanksgiving” in Massachusetts took place in 1621, Virginians celebrated Thanksgiving in 1619. It’s a good thing that there was no Twitter because the hate tweets would have flowed quickly between both states. Sometimes it’s an advantage to have snail mail (and the snail was much slower back then).
In any case, as we begin the holiday season, whether you prefer Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, or whatever, my advice is to celebrate every single holiday on the calendar.