Kara Swanson's Brain Injury Blog

November 16, 2018

If You’re Going To Display Santas On Halloween…

Filed under: Uncategorized — karaswanson @ 9:43 am

It is only now that I can speak of the trauma of Halloween day.  Ha.  I arrived at the counter at my neighborhood CVS, only to see huge, life-size Santas already on display.

I felt immediately panicked.

I had read that, in an effort to further boost early holiday shopping, name brands had devised strategies to trick us into early feelings of Autumn and the holidays.  Some, for instance, were already advertising their pumpkin spice lattes by early September.

I was aghast.  I hadn’t even put away my capris yet!!!

It wasn’t until I saw those Santas on Halloween morning that I decided I would fight back.   So I decided that I’m going start Thanksgiving early.

Care to join?

As the cold and the snow arrived early here in Michigan, I was leaning towards sour and starting to feel grumpy.  After all, Autumn is my favorite season and I felt we had been cheated of some of my favorite weather weeks of any year.

But then there were late hurricanes on the East Coast and, next, California lit up like a tinderbox.  All while I watched coverage from my cozy home in Michigan.

Hard to be sour, really.

I’m officially starting Thanksgiving early because, for all the things we complain about (even those valid bugger things that deserve our scorn), most of us who are reading this are lucky and fortunate and blessed beyond measure.

We may complain of early Santas at CVS and snow on top of beautiful Autumn leaves.  We may grouse about the endless political ads that took over the Midterm season.  Some will lament their teams who didn’t make baseball playoffs, who are limping through football season or who are stumbling out of the gate of basketball season.

But most of us have it pretty good.

The death toll in California is rising as courageous, exhausted first responders continue to find victims who literally melted to death in their cars.  There are some on the East and Gulf Coasts who have never fully recovered from their Hurricane devastation, let alone Puerto Rico.  And already snow and ice storms are coming to sneer.

With Daylight Savings time came darker, colder mornings and so many I know went right into the dumper because, for the next six months, they will rarely see light as they leave for work and return home again after those rare glimpses of sun.

And, yes, I am a Detroit Lions’ fan.  God help me.

It’s important to jumpstart Thanksgiving early for many because, it appears, she’s going to need to warm up a bit before the parades and the food and the football and the relatives next Thursday.

Many, on both coasts, will struggle to muster givings of thanks when all that they have called home has been lost to the fury of Mother Nature.  Many are displaced and misplaced.  Some would give anything for burned Thanksgiving Day biscuits and too-dry turkey…

As most of you know, I’m still dealing with those stubborn dizzies which continue to make daily activities a hardship.  This year has been a struggle and I know many of you have been challenged and dinged up some this year, as well.

But, at every turn, I have been helped by people with hearts of gold who have offered and given and laid their coats down in mud puddles before me.

They are champions of Thanksgiving.  They are larger than any float we will see in those parades.  They are the Godsends who remind me, at every turn, that Thanksgiving is always about what we have.  Not what we don’t.

And Thanksgiving is welcome early.  Thanksgiving is welcome every day.

Let’s call to her.  Invite her.  Surprise her with the many, many measures of our best realization and appreciation.

If they’re going to start Christmas on Halloween, let’s all start Thanksgiving early, too.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and to yours.


  1. Your message really made me to focus on the many blessings I have taken for granted. Thanks Kara..I needed that. Have a blessed Holiday. Hugs.

    Comment by Sherry Saarinen — November 16, 2018 @ 11:25 pm | Reply

  2. Hi, Sherry :))) All good wishes to you, as well. Stay warm up there!! xo

    Comment by karaswanson — November 17, 2018 @ 7:58 am | Reply

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